The young man, the ponytail and the Jewish Leadership faction
The Knesset has already seen siblings, and even a father-son duo, preside together as legislators. But it has never witnessed a Knesset member holding office alongside her ex-boyfriend.
Although there is a chance of this happening in the 18th Knesset, it's more likely it won't. While Gila Gamliel was elected in Likud's primary to slot 19, her ex, Sagiv Assulin, reached number 35. Polls predict Likud will nab 30 seats in the February 10 general election, so the two former partners will probably not pass laws side by side.
But Gamliel will almost certainly be working with Moshe Feiglin, her political patron. And not only hers - Feiglin told his supporters to vote both for Gamliel and her ex, Assulin.
People who know the 30-year-old former chairman of Ben Gurion University's student association, can't quite imagine him being among Feiglin's recommended candidates.
Maybe it's the long hair, which contrasts with the beards and skull caps that are more characteristic of Feiglin's Likud allies.
Assulin says he regards Feiglin as someone who could bring Likud back to what it used to be during Menachem Begin's leadership. "I certainly support Feiglin and his positions, and I think he has a very important place within Likud," Assulin says.
"I find it extremely important to revive our national pride and I support the notion that Israel is first and foremost a Jewish state, and only then a democratic country. But I'm a proud Likudnik and I don't belong to any other camp. Only Likud."
When the conversation turns to Gamliel, Assulin seems reluctant to reminisce. "I've been married for a year now, and she's also married. We were a couple, and we made no secret of it. Today we enjoy good relations and a good relationship."
But Assulin's partnership with Gamliel was not restricted to the romantic sphere. At Ben-Gurion University, political activists referred to the two as one political unit, dubbing them "Sagilon." They were described as an unstoppable force of campus politics.
"There was a pretty unusual relationship there," says Gilad Sharir, chairman of the University of Haifa's student association. "They were an item, they both served consecutively as chairpersons of Ben-Gurion University's student association, and now they're both running in Likud."
When Assulin met her, Gamliel was chairwoman of Ben Gurion University's student association - a post she had been voted into in 1998. Assulin became her right hand before they got romantically involved. The relationship was born at the university's salsa class, which they both attended.
After they already became an item, Assulin - who chaired the steering council of the student association of Ben-Gurion University - helped Gamliel get reelected as the association's chairwoman. He did this through a controversial move, in which he ousted those who opposed Gamliel from the steering council.
In 2003, during her third term in office as chairwoman at Ben-Gurion, Gamliel resigned in order to become a member of the 16th Knesset. It was Assulin who inherited her spot.. But his chairmanship was short lived. In April of that year, he was elected as head of the national student association - with some help from his MK girlfriend. He presided in that position until 2005. Assulin was the youngest chairman to ever hold the position, at 24 years old.
Besides how he rose to the position of chairman, and his determined fight against a planned increase in tuition, Assulin is remembered as lobbying for rightist causes while presiding as chairman.
"Assulin turned the association into a highly political body in a way that was very easy to see compared to other chairman," said an associate of Assulin's.
Asked about this aspect of his chairmanship, Assulin does not deny it. "As chairman, I went from one event to the next, and I did not hide my views against the formation of a Palestinian state, against territorial concessions and against withdrawals. Meretz would protest outside the association's offices every other week, but I saw it as a compliment."
His biography, Assulin says, is something that every young Israeli can identify with. An attorney with a master's degree in administration, he says: "I'm Israeli. I have had to deal with problems such as paying my tuition, mortgage, serving in the reserves - things most elected officials are detached from."
If he does make it into the Knesset, Assulin wants to become active on issues that will help the people coping with the aforementioned challenges, he says. But he would also like to confront the Arab members of the Knesset. "I intend to launch an uncompromising war against the Arab Knesset members - enemies who preside in the Knesset itself," he pledges.
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