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Daily Israel Report

Activist to Lapid: No Coalition without Bayit Yehudi

Longtime NRP activist Buma Barhad asks Lapid to remember Bayit Yehudi's secular supporters.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/29/2013, 1:09 PM

Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett
Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett
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A veteran activist in the National Religious Party (NRP), the forerunner of the Bayit Yehudi, has issued a call to Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid not to join a coalition that does not give proper representation to religious Zionism.

Avraham "Buma" Barhad, who has chaired the NRP / Bayit Yehudi branch at Kiryat Motzkin for decades, wrote to Lapid and asked him to "prevent Binyamin Netanyahu from establishing a government without respectable representation for Bayit Yehudi in the coalition, in accordance with its strength."

"Bayit Yehudi currently represents the knitted kippah generation; the salt of the earth, who have contributed and continue to contribute to the country in the past few decades, far beyond what 'equality in burden' demands," explained Barhad, who is a lieutenant colonel in the reserves.

There is no room for personal score-settling, he added. The supporters of religious Zionism – who include many secular people, he noted – "deserve to be included in running the country and setting its priorities."