(photo credit: BAZ RATNER)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak may not succeed in his quest to turn his five-MK
Knesset faction into a party, because the name “Independence Party” is already
taken, a letter from the national party registrar revealed on Sunday.
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a press release, Moti Heinrich, 59, said Barak could not use the name
Independence Party, because he ran unsuccessfully for Knesset on a list under
that name in 1981 and 1984, and he does not rule out running under the name
He submitted the letter from the party registrar’s office
indicating that names of an existing or past party cannot be
Heinrich’s party advocated capitalist political ideas that
ostensibly are the opposite of what Barak intends to advocate in his new
“Barak must not have checked,” Heinrich said. “We will use all the
legal means at our disposal to prevent Barak from using our
Independence faction chairwoman Einat Wilf said that she and her
allies were actually aware that a party that did not pass the electoral
threshold had used the name before they chose it.
Wilf said the purpose
of the law preventing the reuse of party names was to make sure people would not
be confused at the polls. She expressed confidence that her faction would be
able to persuade the registrar that people would not be confused.
have not submitted a request to be registered as a party in that name and we not
yet know when we will,” Wilf said.
“When we do, we will explore all