The Jewish Home party has come up with its list of Knesset candidates for the upcoming elections.  The list is as follows:

1. Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkovitz, rabbi in the Ahuza neighborhood of Haifa and Mathematics Professor at the Technion

2. MK Zevulun Orlev, leader of the former National Religious Party

3. MK Uri Ariel, leader of the former Tekumah party within the National Union

4. Shuli Mualem - resident of N'vei Daniel in Gush Etzion, widow of Lt.-Col. Moshe Mualem, the highest-ranking officer among the 76 IDF soldiers killed in the helicopter crash in northern Israel in February 1997. Lt.-Col. Mualem was a secular Jew.

5. Uri Orbach, writer and radio personality

6. MK Nissan Slomiansky

7. Alon Davidi, head of the Sderot Security Task Force

8. Danny Dayan, a secular Jew who heads the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria

9. Sar-Shalom Jerby, secretary-general of the former NRP

10. Rabbi Hillel Horowitz of Hevron

Shuli Mualem, Rabbi Hillel Horvitz
Israel News photo

In the next five places, which are currently not considered "realistic" - i.e., their occupants will not enter the Knesset - are Emunah Women's Chairperson Liora Minka, MK Tzvi Hendel, Rabbi Miro Dayan of Beit She'an, Chilik Tropper of Jerusalem, and Rabbi Ophir Cohen, formerly of Kfar Darom.

In places 16 through 19 are Avi Ratt, MK Benny Elon, Yehudit Shilat, and Liora Kalfa, head of the Gush Katif Residents Committee.

The list appears to be weighted towards the NRP side, with 4-5 candidates in the top 10: Hershkovitz, Orlev, Slomiansky, and Jerby; Orbach's opinions have also been heavily sympathetic to those of the NRP.  Representing the more nationalist side - those who would not be willing to sit in a government that would negotiate a possible Palestinian state - are only Ariel, Dayan, Horowitz, and possibly Davidi.  Mualem's politics are not well-known.

MKs Benny Elon and Tzvi Hendel, both from the National Union, did not make it into the top 10.  National Union members said, not for attribution, that the list is "totally NRP, and we will have to consider over the coming days whether we will remain."  Final party lists of candidates must be submitted by this coming Monday, Dec. 22.

MK Aryeh Eldad, of the rival HaTikvah party, called on Uri Ariel not to be a "fig leaf" in the party's top five, and asked him and other like-minded MKs, such as Elon, Hendel, and Effie Eitam, to join him in the HaTikvah party.  Meanwhile, there has been talk of Eldad possibly joining the Wolpe-Marzel religious-nationalist party, which recently also added Yosef Mendelevitch to its numbers.

"The Jewish Home will not fight for the Land of Israel," the Wolpe-Marzel party declared this evening.

The right-wing camp has despaired of fielding one unified party to the right of the Likud in the coming election, but it is still hoped that there will be no more than two - the Jewish Home and the others.

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