(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Habayit Hayehudi leadership candidate MK Zevulun Orlev will soon decide whether
to file a complaint with police over an odd altercation with an undercover
private investigator at the Knesset, Orlev’s associates said
The incident occurred at the beginning of August when the
investigator, posing as an American real estate investor, met with Orlev and
raised eyebrows by asking intrusive financial questions and insisting on using
the MK’s office equipment.
When Orlev inquired about him after the
meeting, he discovered that he was a private investigator who had entered the
Knesset using a different name than the one he gave Orlev and his
Orlev complained to Knesset security, who conducted a thorough
check of his office to see whether listening devices were planted.
investigation came up empty, but Orlev’s associates said he was still summoning
police, because he wanted to know who was behind the private
The November 6 leadership race has intensified amid mutual
recriminations between Orlev, Naftali Bennett and Science and Technology
Minister Daniel Herschkowitz.
None of the three candidates would comment
on the incident.
The head of the Habayit Hayehudi elections committee,
Rabbi Daniel Tropper, said Wednesday that there would be a delay in the release
of the the party’s membership rolls, which were intended to be published
Thursday. More than 50,000 people joined the party in a membership drive that
ended September 9.
The candidates intend to go through the membership
rolls with a fine-toothed comb, looking for wrongdoing by their leadership
rivals such as forgeries, double submissions and registration of ineligible