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Bennett: Jewish Home Has a 'Big Mission'

"We now need to work hard to become the second biggest party in the next government,” says Jewish Home chairman.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 11/15/2012, 6:12 AM

The Jewish Home party has a “big mission”, chairman Naftali Bennett told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday, after the party unveiled its list for the next Knesset.

“The same 50,000 people who came out to vote, we now need them to work hard in order to win the elections and become the second biggest party in the next government,” said Bennett.

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Tropper, the chairman of the party’s Census Committee, told Arutz Sheva, “We’re in a place I never believed we would have been in a year ago. This is really an adventure that proved what we thought: that the religious Zionist community is the most dynamic community in this country, and if you give them the feeling that they are part of a movement with proper leadership they’re going to be right behind you.”

The party announced after the primaries vote count that the four candidates who received the most votes were former Knesset Member Nissan Slomiansky, Ayelet Shaked, incumbent MK Uri Orbach and Avi Wortsman, deputy mayor of Be’er Sheva.

All the candidates, including Bennett, will go into the January elections with a merged slate of contenders from the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party, which has not yet selected its candidates.

In sixth place was Motti Yogev, IDF colonel (res.), former director of Bnei Akiva and deputy head of the Binyamin Regional Authority in Samaria (Shomron).

“I am very happy” with the results of the primaries, Shaked told Arutz Sheva, adding, “The Jewish Home has been opened to a new public. It’s a home to any Jew who believes in the values of religious Zionism.”