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Jewish Home Party MK Orlev Wants Spot for Immigrant

An immigrant, likely an American, may be guaranteed a spot on the list of the Jewish Home party’s Knesset Member candidates.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/7/2012, 4:59 PM

Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel
Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel
Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel

An immigrant, likely an American, may be guaranteed a spot on the list of the Jewish Home party’s Knesset Member candidates.

Long-time national religious MK Zevulun Orlev wrote the party’s Elections Committee chairman Rabbi Dr. Daniel Tropper Tuesday that he supports reserving a place for a younger person and an immigrant.

A large number of immigrants supporting the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) are Americans, and the party has invited popular show hosts Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel, of Tuesday Night Live fame, to join.

Orlev noted that despite immigrants' interest in the party, they are not directly represented. He noted that guaranteeing a spot for a "new immigrant" would underscore the party's principle of encouraging aliyah to Israel.

"Immigrants have an important role in Israeli society," he wrote, adding that the Jewish Home party is the "natural" home for national religious immigrants.

Orlev noted that immigrants play an important role in Israel society. Among American immigrants to Israel are High Court Justice Neil Hendel, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer, and former Labor Court president Steve Adler.

On Monday, Yoni Shetbon, Ayelet Shaked and Amiad Taub, who are contending for a spot on the Jewish Home party’s list for the next Knesset, sent a letter to Rabbi Tropper to protest what they termed "pushing young people out of the party."