Daily Israel Report

Ari & Jeremy: Unity or Bust

Anglo Jewish Home candidates say they are willing to pay a personal price for party unity.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/3/2012, 4:17 PM

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

The meteoric upstart Anglo candidates in the Jewish Home party, Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz, say they are willing to sacrifice their own seats in a the next Knesset list, if that is what it takes to realize the dream of a united religious Zionist party.

"At the very beginning of this campaign we promised that we are not, and never will be, politicians," the two wrote their followers. "The goal of Knesset politicians is to win the game of politics - to acquire and retain their Knesset Seat."

"The gravity and urgency of our times demand unity in Israel and in the religious Zionist camp . If we are able to bring this about through this declaration, even if we don't make it into the Knesset, we would consider our labors to have been both meaningful and purposeful despite what the personal fallout may be. While there is no reason that this should cost us our seat, it is a price we are willing to pay."

"The most critical challenge facing our camp today is unity and we will do everything in our power to make sure this happens, even if it means that we don’t sit in the next Knesset," they explained. "Our primary goal has never been to make it into the Knesset – it has been to do what is best for the Jewish People and the State of Israel without compromising, by allowing personal interests or aspirations to cloud our judgment."

"The difference between one unified block and small independent parties is the difference between relevance and irrelevance during a time when the Nation needs to hear our voice more than ever before."

All three candidates for the top spot in the party have come out unswervingly in favor of unity within the party, and unity between it and the second religious Zionist party, Haichud Haleumi.