Monday, November 19, 2012

The National Union's Knesset List

In spite of the war, Israel continues to prepare for the upcoming elections. The National Union, or should I say what is left of it (the Tekuma faction), selected its candidates:
After previously voting to place MK Uri Ariel at the head of the National Union party, members of the Tekuma Central Committee chose the party’s list for the upcoming Knesset elections on Sunday evening.

Ariel is followed in the number two and three spots by Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, former director-general of the rabbinical court system and Zevulun Calfa, former chairman of the Gush Katif Residents' Council. Orit Strook, chairwoman of the Yesha Human Rights organization, was placed in the fourth spot, and Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, one of the leaders of the Hevron Jewish community, was placed in the fifth spot. Rounding out the top six is Nachi Eyal, Director-General of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel.

MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz, who stood at the helm of the party in the 18th Knesset, was not placed on the list. Three weeks ago Katz asked the central committee to place him in the seventh spot on the list.

Ariel told Arutz Sheva before the vote, "This evening, we will choose our representatives for the next Knesset and with this list, we will sit with Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett and seal the final unification."

This list is almost as revolutionary as that of the Jewish Home: they are running without "Ketzaleh", and they have placed a woman, Orit Strook, high up on the list. This list also has oriental Jews, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan and Zevulun Calfa, high up on the list, something that was lacking in the Jewish Home list. (Personally, I do not think that "eidah" of a particular candidate matters, but not everybody thinks like I do.)

What is left now is to somehow bring back MKs Michael Ben-Ari and Arye Eldad, and to merge with the Jewish Home list.

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