New Labor MK Leon Litinetsky to be sworn in to the Knesset

New Labor MK Leon Litinetsky will be sworn in to the Knesset on Wednesday to replace Danny Yatom, who resigned Monday. Litinetsky led Labor's Russian campaign in the last elections and is considered close to former party chairman Amir Peretz. He made aliyah from Russia in 1991 and lives in Kfar Saba with his wife and son. He works as an engineer for Israel Electric and is active in its union. Litinetsky said his goals would be to help immigrants via his parliamentary work in the Knesset while sending a message to immigrants that Labor was helping them via his political work. "I never lost hope of entering the Knesset, but I didn't get my hopes up either," Litinetsky told The Jerusalem Post. "I am glad I am being given an opportunity to have influence. I know Danny well and I respect his decision, but it is a great loss."