Naftali Bennet .
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Preparing for the 2019 Knesset race, the Bayit Yehudi central committee will meet Sunday night in Ramat Gan to approve party chairman Naftali Bennett’s request for an additional reserved slot that he can choose himself on the party’s Knesset list.
Bennett currently can appoint one candidate in the Bayit Yehudi slate’s top 10 and another among the second 10 candidates. The central committee is expected to approve Bennett’s request for another reserved slot in the top 10.
In the last election in 2015, Bennett’s selections did not fare well. Secular soccer player Eli Ohana ended up deciding not to run after a public outcry, while journalist Yinon Magal
ran and was elected but ended up having to quit the Knesset due to sexual harassment charges.
The convention will also vote on a proposal to remove the Bayit Yehudi faction’s power to decide whether to leave the coalition and give it to Bennett himself. In another proposal, Bennett would be empowered to decide whether to force a minister to quit the Knesset in favor of the next candidate on the party’s Knesset list.
While it is not on the agenda of the meeting, Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev intends to ask the central committee to approve his proposal to reserve a slot on the party’s list for a Druze candidate.
Eyal Assad of the Druze village of Kisra-Samia in the Upper Galilee registered some 1,400 people to Bayit Yehudi in the party’s latest membership drive.
In the April 2017 Bayit Yehudi leadership race against challenger Yonatan Branski, Bennett received 100% of the vote in the Druze towns of Kisra-Samia and nearby Julis, and all but one vote close by in Hurfeish.
Bayit Yehudi’s dozens of municipal candidates will be called on stage by name at the event, in a show of the party’s power on the municipal level.
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