(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Former Shas MK Haim Amsalem met recently with the head of Habayit Hayehudi’s
election committee, Rabbi Danny Tropper, about the possibility of running with
the party, a source close to Amsalem said Monday.
Amsalem, who broke off
from Shas two years ago, formed a party called Am Shalem that focuses on uniting
all Jews and restoring moderate Judaism to Israel.
“I will be on a party
list,” Amsalem said. “I have received enticing offers from many
Am Shalem officials said Habayit Hayehudi could be a good fit
to run together but that they have also received overtures from Likud and other
“If we run together with another group, it will have to be
consistent with our ideology and enable us to keep our identity after the
election,” said the party’s American- born Knesset candidate, Rabbi Dov Lipman.
“We are entertaining various possibilities while working to build ourselves up
on our own.”
Lipman stressed that Am Shalem was still open to running on
its own and that as elections get closer, Amsalem will weigh all his options and
make the decision “that gives us the best chance to make the changes we need to
make to improve our country.”
Officials in Habayit Hayehudi said it was
too soon to consider who would be the party’s Knesset candidates.
National Religious Party that is the forerunner of Habayit Hayehudi will hold a
membership drive beginning Sunday.