Yaakov Peri will not be the second candidate on Yesh Atid’s list, party leader
Yair Lapid said on Sunday, sparking rumors that national-religious Rabbi Shai
Piron will fill that spot.
“Yaakov Peri is a senior member of Yesh Atid,
not number 2. Number 2 will be revealed in time, and I am proud of him,” Lapid
said in an interview on the Knesset Channel.
The Yesh Atid candidates’
list will be publicized within two weeks, Lapid added.
Piron is expected
to be No. 2 on the list, according to Channel 10.
The rabbi told
The Jerusalem Post on Sunday night that he does not want to be interviewed and
will make a final decision in the coming days.
Piron, 47, is one of the
founders of the national-religious rabbinical group Tzohar and CEO of Hakol
Hinuch, the Movement for the Advancement of Education in Israel.
been mentioned in reports on Yesh Atid’s list since Lapid announced he is
entering politics in early 2012.