Noa Ben Artzi Rothman looks towards her grandfather, then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, as they sit in the audience of an international fashion show in March 1995.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s granddaughter, Noa Ben Artzi Rothman, announced Sunday that she will enter politics, running in Tuesday’s race to be one of the Labor Party’s delegates to the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in October.
Rothman, who emerged on the public scene with her eulogy at her grandfather’s funeral, is the daughter of former deputy defense minister and Labor MK Dalia Rabin. She will be among more than 150 candidates running to be among Labor’s 70 delegates to the Congress, the legislative branch of the World Zionist Organization which meets every five years and will elect heads of Zionist institutions.
A Labor member since 1995 when her grandfather was assassinated, Rothman is a scriptwriter, lawyer, social activist and mother of two.
“If elected, I intend to serve you well with loyalty, integrity and transparency,” Rothman wrote on a Labor online message board. “I would bring a young, democratic female voice that is loyal to Zionism and urgency, who is sick of apologizing and feeling shame, and is interested in changing the vicious circle of guilt and desperation.”
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund World Chairman Effi Stenzler, Labor’s top official in Zionist institutions, welcomed Rothman’s candidacy.
“It is wonderful that there are so many candidates who want to contribute to the Zionist enterprise, and she is one of them,” Stenzler said. “Knowing her family, she is definitely fit to be a delegate to the Congress.”