Daily Israel Report

Jewish Home Primaries to be Held a Week Apart

Votes for chairman, Knesset list will be held separately, despite MK Orlev's wishes.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/10/2012, 7:54 PM

MK Orlev
MK Orlev
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Jewish Home's Election Committee decided Wednesday that the primaries for party chairman and for the Knesset list will be held on different dates, shooting down a request by MK Zevulun Orlev to unite the two votes.

The vote for chairman will be held on November 6, and the Knesset list vote a week later, on November 13.

Retired judge Sarah Frisch, the party's ombudsman, has sent a letter to the chairman of the Jewish Home's Registration Committee, Rav Daniel Tropper, in which she expressed sharp criticism of the committee's handling of Orlev's request to merge the votes.

Frisch wrote that the idea of holding the votes separately is a basic element in the process and therefore, no change can be considered without the consent of the two other contenders for the position of chairman, Minister Daniel Hershkowitz and Naftali Bennett.