New Right unveils former IDF combat pilot as next candidate on party list

Bennett claimed that Kahana broke the glass ceiling for religious youths in the IDF and young Israelis in general.

January 11, 2019 08:29
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Matan Kahana, new candidate for The New Right

Matan Kahana, new candidate for The New Right . (photo credit: AVICHAI SOCHER)


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The New Right has announced its next candidate fo the new party's list: Matan Kahana, who served in the IDF for 28 years and was released last August.

Kahana is a former combat pilot and was commander of the F-16 squadron. He is also a graduate of the elite commando unit Sayeret Matkal, where he started his military career and where he served along Naftali Bennett in the early 90s. 

Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked broke off from Bayit Yehudi in December to form their own right-wing political party. Kahana is the fifth member of The New Right, after Jerusalem Post contributor Caroline Glick and the first-ever deaf candidate for Knesset Shirley Pinto joined Bennett and Shaked over the last weeks.

The new member of The New Right holds a masters in law, is religious and a graduate of the Netiv Meir Yeshiva.

Shaked said  that "Matan, a member of religious Zionism, represents a true, ideological right that works for the future of the State of Israel."

Bennett, who chairs The New Right, claimed that Kahana broke the glass ceiling for religious youths in the IDF and young Israelis in general.

Kahana himself said that he is entering politics because because he witnessed as a commander "that we were fighting together, without looking at whether or not someone was wearing a Kipa (skullcap), but in Israeli society people look at each other at the height of the Kipa, and not the heart."

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