National Union chairman Ya’acov Katz put himself out of the running for a
realistic spot on his party’s list for the 19th Knesset.
At the National
Union center conference Tuesday night Katz asked to be put in the seventh spot
on his party’s list.
MK Uri Ariel is now in the first spot and Katz asked
that the five spots between him and Ariel be filled by candidates of Sephardic
The most generous of recent polls shows a joint National
Union-Habayit Hayehudi list would get 13 seats, which could put Katz in the last
spot; however, most polls give the parties a single digit
Nevertheless, Katz said he is confident that he would still get
into the next Knesset, and called for Habayit Hayehudi and National Union to
Katz added that his decision will indicate to voters that the
national-religious public will have many representatives in the next
The parties’ administrations accepted Katz’s proposal.