The Upcoming Elections in Jerusalem

"Natural partners": Gantz's choice in the Jerusalem elections

The Machane HaMamlachti party will support, in the upcoming local elections in Jerusalem, the Hit'orerut ("Awakening") movement. The agreement was signed this morning between the parties. Chairman of The Machane HaMamlachti party Benny Gantz: "They represent our basic values"

(Photo: Yosef Mizrahi)

Three months to the local elections, the Machane HaMamlachti party announced this morning (Thursday) its support for the Hit'orerut movement in Jerusalem. Benny Gantz: "representing our basic values".

This morning, the agreement was signed between the leaders of the HaMachane HaMamlachti, Benny Gantz, and the leader of the Hit'orerut Movement, Adir Shwartz. According to the agreement, in the list of the Hit'orerut Movement for the city council, Ariel Baziz and Noa Shalom, representatives of the HaMachane HaMamlachti Party, will be placed. The Hit'orerut Movement in Jerusalem is the first to announce a merger with a national party in the context of the 2023 elections. According to several factors within the HaMachane HaMamlachti Party, "In the current political reality, the connection with the HaMachane HaMamlachti Party is a timely move to strengthen the discourse of unity and the aspiration for broad agreements at the national and local levels."

The Hit'orerut Movement in Jerusalem was established 15 years ago by young Jerusalemites, both secular and religious. Over the years, it has promoted and led struggles and initiatives for the city's economy, businesses, housing, and cultural enrichment.

Benny Gantz: "Represent our values"

The Chairman of the HaMachane HaMamlachti party, MK Benny Gantz, welcomed the agreement, saying: "For 15 years, the Hit'orerut Movement has represented the fundamental values that the HaMachane HaMamlachti Party upholds. Supporting the movement towards the local elections is a natural partnership aimed at representing the broad voting public in Jerusalem with respect to all segments of society."

Furthermore, Gantz added: "I firmly believe that together with the leader of the Hit'orerut Movement, Adir Shwartz, who brings a spirit of young and ambitious leadership and unwavering dedication to the goal, such a union will inspire hope among the liberal Jerusalem public and unite residents from all segments of the population, without harming any sector, just as the HaMachane HaMamlachti Party has successfully achieved at the national level."

The Chairman of the Hit'orerut Movement in Jerusalem, Adir Shwartz, also commented on the signed agreement: "The merger with the HaMachane HaMamlachti Party is a positive sign for the liberal and productive public in the city. The entry of a leader like Benny Gantz, who embodies unifying, balanced, and rational leadership, is an important step for the benefit of Jerusalem."

At the end of his remarks, Shwartz said: "The Hit'orerut Movement has always worked for the unity of the Zionist public in Jerusalem, and the merger with the HaMachane HaMamlachti Party is another step towards creating a united Jerusalem, a Jerusalem of awakening. We call on other partners who see themselves as part of the vision for a Zionist and liberal Jerusalem to join us at this time."

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