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New Right official: We’d be in Knesset if US-born candidate Glick was in top 4

Friday 19/April/2019 - 02:03 PM
 Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett


The Times of Israel

The New Right would have avoided its stunning loss in last week’s election and entered the Knesset had the party given a higher slot on its slate to its only native English-speaking candidate، journalist Caroline Glick، according to a party official who was in charge of New Right’s outreach to English speakers.

"I believe that if Caroline had been in the top four we would have prevented enough of the votes that bled to the Likud for us to pass the electoral threshold،” Jeremy Saltan، head of the New Right Anglo branch، told The Times of Israel on Wednesday، referring to right-wing columnist and fellow party candidate Glick، who was placed 6th on the party’s electoral slate.

"Already during the campaign Anglos told me they would have voted for us if we put her higher،” he claimed.

Despite early predictions that it could receive up to 10 Knesset seats، support for the New Right crumbled in the final days of the campaign and it failed to pass the 3.25 percent electoral threshold in order to enter the 120-member Knesset.

US-born Glick، a columnist for The Jerusalem Post، writer for US far-right outlet Breitbart News and senior fellow of the US-based Center for Security Policy، was the first fresh candidate to join the New Right’s slate after leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked announced its formation in late December.

Announcing her Knesset candidacy، Bennett highlighted Glick’s background as an immigrant from the US، saying it “symbolizes the essence of Zionism and the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.”

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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