Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday evening won the primaries for the leadership of the Jewish Home party, and will continue to head the party over the next several years.
Bennett won by an overwhelming majority of 80.3%. 15,701 out of 30,734 (51.1%) of the members of the Jewish Home party exercised their right to vote in 68 polling stations around the country.
“I thank the voters of the Jewish Home for giving me the privilege to lead the party to the next elections, who chose to continue the revolution,” said Bennett after the results were published.
“Today we laid the cornerstone for the path towards the leadership of the state. Anyone who believes in our values, this home belongs to him. There is a room in our home for everyone. We are embarking on a journey that will eventually lead us to the leadership of the State of Israel. The revolution will continue thanks to you,” Bennett added.
Jewish Home Director-General Nir Orbach said, “I wish success to my friend Minister Naftali Bennett, who will continue to lead the Jewish Home party. l thank Yonatan Baransky and Rabbi Yitzchak Zaga for their participation in the democratic process and for all those who voted and for the trust they have placed in the process and the party. We are continuing forward to future challenges and achievements.”
National Union chairman and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel responded to the results of the primaries and said, “I congratulate Naftali for his reelection as chairman of the Jewish Home. Now is the time to sit together and agree on unity and on the running together of the Jewish Home and the National Union in the next elections.”
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