New Right brings experts in aliyah and hasbara to their list

Among the New Right’s candidates is Yomtov Kalfon, an attorney, activist, and founder of “Aleinu,” meant to help get French-speaking immigrants involved in Israeli politics.

By
February 20, 2019 03:49
New Right brings experts in aliyah and hasbara to their list

New Right: Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announce the formation of a new political party in Tel Aviv on December 29. (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The New Right Party introduced more candidates and Yisrael Beytenu presented its list ahead of Thursday’s final deadline to submit lists.

Among the New Right’s candidates is Yomtov Kalfon, an attorney, activist for French and Belgian aliyah, and founder of “Aleinu,” meant to help get French-speaking immigrants involved in Israeli politics.

Kalfon, 32, grew up in a suburb of Paris and moved to Israel alone at age 18 to serve in a combat unit in the IDF.

Together with New Right leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, Kalfon presented a plan on Tuesday for how Israel can absorb 50,000 French-speaking immigrants. The plan involves helping find employment and housing, cutting bureaucracy, encouraging community life, and adapting education frameworks. Kalfon lamented that “the Israeli government has yet to realize how to help” olim from France.

“The time has come to be the voice of French-speaking olim in the Knesset,” Kalfon said, although there have been several Francophone MKs in recent years, including Kulanu’s Eli Alalouf and Likud’s Sharren Haskel.

Ran Bario Bar-Yoshafat, deputy director of the right-leaning Kohelet Policy Forum, also joined the New Right’s list. Bar-Yoshafat, 35, conducted Israel advocacy tours in the US and wrote a book about Israeli public diplomacy.

Yisrael Beytenu presented its full list on Tuesday evening, with a mix of old and new. Freshman MK Oded Forrer was bumped up to second place behind party leader Avigdor Liberman, and after him came Russian-language journalist Evgeny Sova and Eli Avidar, the former CEO of the Diamond Exchange, followed by MKs Yulia Malinovsky and Hamad Amar.

Longtime MKs Sofa Landver and Robert Ilatov are not on the list. Landver was Immigration Absorption minister for eight non-continuous years.

Though Yisrael Beytenu has been polling at four to five seats, Liberman said in his presentation that they will get eight or nine.

“We don’t care about polls, we are doing work in the field,” Liberman said. “Whoever wants a sane and real Right, will vote for us. We will face off against those who want a halachic state here and those who want to annex millions of Palestinians and give them the vote.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 23, 2019
Talks on uniting right begin between Rafi Peretz and Ayelet Shaked

By GIL HOFFMAN

Cookie Settings