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from the Eida to the Likud

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
and we have 2 items in some interesting elections news...
Yehuda Meshi Zahav, the director of ZAKA, is planning to join politics, and from an unexpected position...Meshi Zahav is planning to run a spot in the Knesset on the Likud list. He says he cannot join a Haredi party because he is not part of the right Chassidut that could get him a spot, but even if he had been he wouldn't run on the Haredi list.
source: Srugim
from the Eida to the Likud... and lifelong transformation, and probably still in the process.
and Naftali Bennett has announced, once again, that when Netanyahu decides to leave politics he plans to compete for the position of Prime Minister. Bennett discounts the possibility of moving over to the Likud for this purpose. He seems to think Habayit Hayehudi can be expanded to include larger swaths of the population.
I guess a man can dream.
Anyways the Likud has a pretty crowded field. Gideon Saar is waiting in the wings, as is Nir Barkat. Yisrael Katz has spoken about his intentions as well. There probably isn't enough room for Bennett as well, so he has to turn Habayit Hayehudi into a party from which he can run for the position. It seems impossible to turn a small, sectoral, party into that launching pad, but maybe he can do it. It just seems like more of an unrealistic dream to me...

עוד התייחס בנט לשמועות כי הוא עשוי לרוץ לראשות הממשלה - דווקא כחלק ממפלגת הליכוד ולא מהבית היהודי. "מה שצריך בבית היהודי, כיום הפלטפורמה הזאת היא בעייתית כי היא מאוד צרה, היא נתפסת מאוד נישתית", אמר. "אבל אני מאמין בפלטפורמה הזאת, מה שצריך לעשות זה לפתוח את הבית היהודי לקהלים חדשים, לכל עם ישראל". איש השמאל הקיצוני יריב אופנהיימר התייחס להצהרה, "בנט רוצה להביא את אג’נדת המתנחלים וההדתה הישר לכסא ראש הממשלה. מתנה לכל מועמד שמאל שירוץ מולו", כתב אופנהיימר. חברת הכנסת שולי מועלם השיבה לו, "אנחנו טובים בלמות למען המדינה אבל לא להנהיג אותה?". סגן שר הביטחון הרב אלי בן דהן, השיב "שוב יוצאת הגזענות נגד הציונות הדתית. כנראה שמישהו חושב שאנחנו לא ראויים להנהגה אלא רק למות למען המדינה, בנט יוכיח לו שהוא טועה"
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