Yisrael Beytenu recruits Anglo Knesset candidates
Application to join party's list posted on party's website in effort to expand English-speaking ranks, target youth.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman Photo: Yossi Zamir
Yisrael Beytenu is working to attract Anglo candidates to the Knesset, posting
the application to join the party’s list on its English-language website for the
first time Tuesday.
The party has an open application process, where
anyone who has been a Yisrael Beytenu member for at least five months and meets
legal requirements according to Basic Law: The Knesset can send in an
Relevant applicants, including current MKs, will be invited
to an interview by the party’s selection committee later this month. Although
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is not an official member of the committee, he
is thought to have a major influence on the list.
committee’s choices for the 19th Knesset list are then brought to the Yisrael
Beytenu Central Committee for authorization, before the December 6 deadline to
submit party lists to the Central Elections Committee.
In 2009, Anglo
candidate Danny Hershtal was put in the 21st slot on the Yisrael Beytenu list,
but the party only had 15 seats in the 18th Knesset.
The party is
continuing efforts to expand its Englishspeaking ranks while targeting younger
“The English-speaking public in Israel is a natural community for
Yisrael Beytenu as a party which places aliya and Zionism at the top of its list
of priorities, as well as its long-standing commitment to political and
electoral reform,” Yisrael Beytenu Deputy Director of Communications Ashley
According to Perry, the party does not only seek to
court Anglo votes on the eve of elections, but consistently supports issues of
concern to Englishspeakers in Israel.
Yisrael Beytenu posted a YouTube
video on Monday showing its accomplishments in the past four years, making sure
to include English subtitles for “thwarting Palestinian declaration of
statehood” and “adding 3600 police, firefighters and prison wardens.” The clip
reached nearly 2,000 hits in its first day online.
Beytenu’s Facebook page in Hebrew passed 20,000 “likes” last week, making it the
most popular party on the social network.
Meretz is the second-most
popular Israeli party on Facebook.
On Tuesday evening, the Yisrael
Beytenu Central Committee officially approved the party’s joint list with Likud,
following speeches by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Water and Energy
Minister Uzi Landau and 19th Knesset candidate Yair Shamir.