Chairman Yigal Bibi of the Zionist Council in Israel rejected, Thursday, criticism of secular right-wing candidate Ayelet Shaked's campaign for the Knesset list of Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party). Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, the former National Religious Party (NRP) Knesset member said that the NRP's greatest election achievements came when the party created Secularists for the NRP.
Bibi said that a party that wants to be elected with secular votes must allow secular candidates to run. He said that, contrary to the hareidi religious parties, Bayit Yehudi does not close itself off but opens its ranks to all. Regarding Shaked, he said, "I have heard many good things about her and she can contribute greatly."