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
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.
"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.