Bennett joins Habayit Hayehudi, will run for party chairman (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 05/22/12)
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Naftali Bennett, a former adviser to Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, announced Monday that he is joining Habayit Hayehudi and
will run for the party chairmanship.
Bennett, a former director-general of the Council of Jewish
Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, formed the
Yisraelim party two weeks ago and would have run with it had an
election been held September 4 as planned at the time.
But because the election was not advanced, Bennett decided he had
enough time to build himself up in an existing party.
In a message he released on YouTube and Facebook, Bennett, 40, called
upon young persons of all religious backgrounds to join Habayit
Hayehudi’s membership drive, which ends in August ahead of the
September 4 leadership race. Bennett will face off in the race
against MKs Zevulun Orlev and Daniel Herschkowitz, the incumbent.
“Our goal is to unite the entire Zionist community under one
umbrella: religious, traditional and secular,” Bennett said.
Bennett complained that religious Zionists have an impact on many
fields in Israeli society but not in the Knesset. He said, for
instance, that they did not succeed in stopping the 10- month
construction moratorium in Judea and Samaria in 2009 to 2010.
Former IDF chief rabbi Brig.- Gen. (res) Avichai Ronsky will join
Bennett as a Knesset candidate in Habayit Hayehudi. Bennett said the
only way to guarantee the future influence of religious Zionists was
to reach out to non-religious Zionists and join them in building a
“It’s time for religious Zionists to run the country,” he said.
“We should not be the kashrut supervisors of the country. We should
be its leaders.”
Orlev issued a statement praising Bennett’s decision to run with
Habayit Hayehudi, rather than against it. He called upon more young
people to join the party.
Uri Orbach, an MK in the party, has called a press conference for
Tuesday at the Knesset to announce his own political future. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/22/12)
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