When it comes to Israeli politics, even the wisest of people have emerged
So it came as no surprise Wednesday that the same day it was
reported that he decided to enter politics, Israel’s top children’s entertainer,
Yuval Hamebulbal (Yuval The Confused), emphatically denied any Knesset
The entertainer, whose real name is Yuval Shem-Tov, reportedly
accepted an offer from the Calcala Party on Tuesday to be third on its Knesset
list behind American-raised brothers Daniel and Benny Goldstein.
Goldsteins said that at first he was reluctant, and told them that he did not
know anything about politics and his only expertise was making children happy
and creating balloon animals. But they said he agreed to run after they told him
he could pass laws limiting class sizes and selling unhealthy food.
reports that he had decided to enter politics were splashed across Hebrew
tabloids, Shem-Tov got calls telling him that a huge advertising campaign
featuring him had to be canceled because it would be illegal election
Several of his shows were also canceled because of reports he
became a politician.
Shem-Tov called the Goldsteins Wednesday morning and
told them his lawyer would not let him run for Knesset. The Goldsteins, who were
at the Knesset to submit their party’s list, drove to Tel Aviv to try to
persuade Shem-Tov but his mind was made up.
“After half a day, he had
enough of politics,” Benny Goldstein said. “It’s too bad. He was an asset. The
kids would have taken their mothers to vote for him.”
Shem-Tov told Channel 10’s Guy Pines that the Goldsteins had used him for
publicity and took a picture with him that they said would just be a memento. He
said he was surprised to see the picture in the newspapers.
were fictitious and false,” Shem- Tov said.
The Goldsteins were still
looking for a new celebrity ahead of Thursday night’s deadline for lists to be
submitted to the Central Elections Committee. To that end, they held talks with
reality stars, supermodels, and a rap star.