Legal adviser stops Habayit Hayehudi primary move
Primary set to take place on November 6, the same day as the US presidential election.
Hershkowitz and Bennet at Habayit Hayehudi debate Photo: Yehoshua Sigala
The Habayit Hayehudi primary is set to take place on November 6, the same day as
the US election, despite efforts by the party’s Election Committee chairman
Rabbi Daniel Tropper to change the date.
Last week, the party’s legal
adviser Sarah Frisch determined that it was too late to move the vote, and that
there was no legal justification to do so.
Tropper said he would have
liked to postpone the vote by a week, but proposed to hold it one day
“I don’t see how changing the date by one day would restrict
anyone. November 5 still isn’t great, but it would be better than November 6,”
The Election Committee chairman plans to continue to study the
party’s regulations and to see if there is still a way for him to make the
A Habayit Hayehudi official said that when the date for the
primary was set, the committee had no idea that the US election would be on the
Party spokesman Yehoshua Mor-Yosef did not see any issue with
the conflicting dates, saying that “with all due respect to the US election,
there is no legal reason to make a change.
“I hope there will be room in
the papers for the US election, in addition to Habayit Hayehudi,” he joked.
“Maybe if [US President Barack] Obama himself asked us to, we’d change the
Jeremy Gimpel, a US-born candidate for the Habayit Hayehudi
Knesset candidates list. said there were no coincidences in this world, and that
the shared election date showed that religious-Zionism shared the fundamental
values on which America was founded.
“On this day, not only will
America’s fate be decided, but the future of Israel’s nationalist camp, as well.
I’m more concerned for America,” he quipped.