Tommy Bock, a veteran member of the National Religious Party from Jerusalem and an aide to party founder Yosef Burg, was moved, Friday by polls that put Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) in competition to be the third largest faction in the next Knesset. Finding the strengthening of the new party unbelievable, Buck said that Rabbi Burg would have been happy to see Habayit Hayehudi in its glory. Referring to the survey findings as "the beginning of redemption", he said "Religious Zionism is finally waking up."
Bםck, who had a wide range of party functions, qualified his remarks about Doctor Burg by saying, "Burg would say polls are lies [which rhymes in Hebrew -ed.] and I hope they will be reflected at the ballot box." Burg died in 1999. Buck said, "I was pleased to see that the new generation found a place for a secular woman and a religious kibbutznik in the same party. We never dreamed of this." Bock, who was named a notable person of the city of Jerusalem said , "I hope to drink l'chaim [to life] with the new leadership of the party and they should take the religious Zionist to its proper position in the leadership of the state. "