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Shalom, Edelstein to kick off political toast season
ByGIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 3, 2012 04:02
Netanyahu will close out the pre-Rosh Hashana toast season with an event for Likud activists in Tel Aviv.
Silvan Shalom on Iran

Silvan Shalom on Iran. (photo credit:AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS)

Rosh Hashana is less than two weeks away.

That means Sephardim are waking up early to say slihot prayers, honey is on sale, and politicians have started hosting their annual New Year’s toasts.



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Vice Premier Silvan Shalom and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein will kick off the toast season Monday night with a large event for Likudniks in Or Yehuda. They will be followed by MK Danny Danon and the World Likud, which Danon chairs, hosting an event in Rishon Lezion.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak will raise glasses with Independence Party activists in Tel Aviv Thursday. Unlike Likud events, which normally feature apples, honey, and burekas, the Independence party will boast lasagne, linguine Parmesan and other dairy delights.

Next Monday, Deputy Negev and Galilee Development Minister Ayoub Kara and Knesset House Committee chairman Yariv Levin will honor young Likud activists in Haifa, and on Tuesday Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar will host a large event in Tel Aviv.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will close out the pre-Rosh Hashana toast season next Thursday with an event for Likud activists in Tel Aviv.

The same night, Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz will host his party’s event at Kadima’s Petah Tikva headquarters.

Unlike in past years, no Kadima MKs are hosting private events.

“In the past MKs had to figure out how to get to Tiberias, Jerusalem and Ashkelon the same night,” a Kadima activist said. “It’s not what it once was.

It’s sad.”

But Rosh Hashana is not the only holiday for toasts. On October 2 Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz will host Likud activists in his succa at Moshav Kfar Haim.
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