Habayit Hayehudi's Bennett starts English campaign

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
August 19, 2012 19:37

English campaign website seeks to encourage immigrants from English-speaking countries to join the party.

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Naftali Bennet 311. (photo credit:Courtesy)

Habayit Hayehudi leadership candidate Naftali Bennett began an effort to pursue English speakers on Sunday with a new English campaign website encouraging immigrants from English-speaking countries to join the party.

Bennett is a fluent English-speaker, whose parents made aliya from San Francisco before he was born. He lives in Ra'anana among many native English speakers, and he will be speaking at synagogues in English on Shabbat in Efrat.

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"We found that a lot of English speakers want to join the party and have an impact, but the membership forms in Hebrew are too complicated," a Bennett campaign spokesman said. "We are happy to enable them to join the party and be a part of this important process.

The web site includes biographical information about Bennett and his political allies, his views on key issues, and questions and answers about Bennett and Habayit Hayehudi.

Those interested in joining Habayit Hayehudi can provide information in English on their web site and an English-speaking representative of Bennett will call them. People who join Habayit Hayehudi by the time the party's membership drive ends September 9 can vote in the November 6 primary race for the party's leadership race and the November 13 race for the party's Knesset slate.

Bennett is the only one of the three candidates who has said that he would run for the Knesset with the party even if he loses the leadership race. Science and Technology Minister Daniel Herschkowitz and MK Zevulun Orlev have said that if they do not win the leadership race, they will quit politics.

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