Jerusalem Report

Neophyte politicos, tried businessmen

Some fresh faces may help revitalize a Knesset that has lost respect and trust among ordinary Israelis.

Habayit Hayehudi votes in primaries.
Photo by: Lahav Harkov
The 19th Knesset will feature some fresh new faces among its 120 members, hopefully bringing new ideas on economics, business and entrepreneurship.

They include Erel Margalit, a venture capitalist; Jacob Perry, veteran manager and business leader; Yair Shamir, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and until recently chair of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI); and Naftali Bennett, entrepreneur and now leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, the successor to the National Religious Party. All are relative neophytes in politics. In a political system that is more geriatric than creative, they bring welcome relief.

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