Rabbi Rachamim Nesimi, a contender in the HaBayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) religious Zionist party primaries, expressed dissatisfaction Sunday at the call by Naftali Bennett, a primary's candidate to chair the party, for hareidi Rabbi Chaim Amsalem to join the religious Zionist list.
Bennett has called on Rabbi Amsalem to join him in the party, calling him a "groundbreaking Zionist hareidi". Amsalem, originally in Shas, is a new immigrant who has called repeatedly for hareidim to join the IDF and the work force.
Rabbi Nesimi, also running in the primaries, said, "We don't need outside imports of Sephardic candidates like Rabbi Amsalem, with all due respect, because we have excellent Sephardic candidates in the religious Zionist ranks who wear knitted kipas, who believe in the religious Zionist way and who can recruit votes that left the Likud, Shas and Lieberman." He pointed at himself as the natural one to bridge the gap between Habayit Hayehudi and HaIchud Hale'umi (National Union), which are planning to become one party, drawing attention to his social efforts and efforts on behalf of the Greater Israel, including jail time in fighting the uprooting of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria.