Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, who has the number four spot on the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset list, welcomed Tuesday evening’s exit polls that predicted his party would win an historic 12 seats in the Knesset.
At the same time, Rabbi Ben-Dahan, the former director-general of the rabbinical court system, said it is important to wait for the final election results to see exactly how the seats will be distributed.
"We started with five Knesset members and the polls now predict we may get 12 seats, and maybe even more," Rabbi Ben-Dahan told Arutz Sheva, adding that the soldiers’ votes have yet to be counted. Soldiers’ votes traditionally tend toward the political right and may give the party even more seats than projected.
He expressed hope that his party would be a significant part of the new Netanyahu government, and indicated that he would begin on Wednesday morning to work on issues that are important to religious Zionism and that are close to his heart.
"Family values, the Chief Rabbinate and the land of Israel are just some of the issues that I will work hard for in this Knesset,” said Rabbi Ben-Dahan. “I hope we have roles in the new government in which we can express the various positions that we have on these issues.”
Rabbi Ben-Dahan was targeted by the Likud during the election campaign, as the party claimed that he advocated for cancelling the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women.
However, a quick Internet search has revealed that it was, in fact, Likud MK Reuven Rivlin who sought to cancel the committee in question.
Rabbi Ben-Dahan had not called to cancel the committee, but rather sought to maximize its power by merging it with the Knesset Committee on the Rights of Children.