(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Former Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick and social activist Chili Tropper are likely to be the only candidates who will have to relinquish citizenship in their English-speaking countries of birth, after polls indicated the two will make the next Knesset.
Thursday night was the deadline for political parties to submit lists to the Central Elections Committee. A record 47 lists were submitted, including the Pirate Party, the Simply Love Party and the new Ki Party led by Rafi Levengrond, the father of murder victim Kim Levengrond Yehezkel.
Glick, who was born in Chicago, is sixth on the New Right list, which current polls indicate will receive six to eight seats. Tropper, whose parents moved to Israel from New York, is 12th on the Blue and White list.
At least two candidates in realistic slots from parties currently polling over the threshold have given up their citizenship in English-speaking countries: New Right leader Naftali Bennett, who was born in Haifa to parents from California, and Toronto-born Likud MK Sharren Haskel, who is 29th on the Likud list.
Other Anglo candidates received bad news ahead of the deadline to submit lists of candidates.
Yair “Yaya” Fink – whose parents are from Brooklyn, New York, and Scranton, Pennsylvania – was bumped from ninth to 12th on the Labor list, which gets seven to 10 seats in current polls.
Philadelphia-born, British-raised Moshe “Kinley” Tur-Paz; South African-raised Ruth Wasserman Lande; Canadian Michal Cotler Wunsh; and North Carolina native Alon Tal are in the unrealistic 42, 43, 45 and 46 slots, respectively, on the Blue and White list.
Other Anglo candidates in unrealistic slots include the Zehut Party’s Shmuel Sackett from New York; David Sidman from Boston; and Chicago native Jeremy Saltan, who was placed 23rd on the The New Right list at his request in honor of Chicago sports icons Michael Jordan; Ryne Sandberg; and Devin Hester.
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