"Out of 250,000 English-speaking voters there is not even one representative in the Knesset," stated Jeremy Gimpel, a candidate for the Jewish Home Party primaries. Gimpel described Jewish Americans who moved to Israel as "idealistic families who left a comfortable life due to vision and faith." He made the statements in an email to party members on Tuesday.
Gimpel, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia is one of the 15 names that appears on the ballot for in Tuesday's Jewish Home Party primaries. He will be running against incumbent Uri Orbach, former MKs Nissan Slomianski and Gila Finkelstein and newcomers Yitzchak Ben Aryeh, Aharon Jimani, Yoni Shetbon, Ayelet Shaked, Doron Danino, Avi Wortzman, Amiad Taub, Mordechai-Motti Yogev, Dr. Yehuda David, Shuli Muallem, and Rachamim Nessimi.
Voters can choose up to 5 candidates. Any Israeli citizen can join the Jewish Home Party for a nominal membership fee and vote in primaries. This is the first time the party is allowing voters to decide the party list as opposed to having an internal committee choose slots.
Although some Members of Knesset lived in the United States, there has rarely been a true representative from America in Israel's parliament.