National Union set to choose candidate list

Anglo Uri Bank, Hebron veteran activist Orit Struck in the running.

Uri Bank 370 (photo credit: Courtesy National Union)
Uri Bank 370
(photo credit: Courtesy National Union)
Tekuma, the only remnant of the National Union, will select its candidates for the January 22 general election Sunday, in a vote of its central committee in Jerusalem.
The National Union will run together with Habayit Hayehudi on a joint list. MKs Arieh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari left the National Union and formed a more right-wing party called Otzma Le’Israel, which will run separately.
Candidates running in Sunday’s vote include veteran Hebron activist Orit Struck; Detroit-born Chicagoraised National Union faction secretary Uri Bank; deputy Bat Yam Mayor Uri Buskila; former national religious court secretary Eli Ben-Dahan; Tekuma secretary-general Nachi Eyal and Rehovot party activist Amitai Cohen.
Struck said she was running on her 30 years of accomplishments on behalf of the Jews of Hebron. She noted that there has never been an MK from Hebron in the Knesset.
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If elected, she would be the second high-profile woman on the joint Habayit Hayehudi-National union list, joining the secular Ayelet Shaked, who was elected to Habayit Hayehudi’s third slot last Tuesday.
Bank turned down opportunities to run with Eldad and Ben-Ari because he believes it is important to maintain unity in the national religious camp.
He warned that past splits in the camp enabled the advancement of the Oslo Accords.
Bank said that if elected, he can bring English-speaking voters to the party. “Since my friend and neighbor, Jeremy Gimpel, did not win a top slot in Habayit Hayehudi, I hope the National Union puts me high enough to be a strong Anglo candidate,” said Bank.
Current National Union chairman Ya’acov Katz did not submit his candidacy, but is expected to take advantage of a loophole in the party’s bylaws in order to run.