Dani Dayan, a former head of the Yesha Council of settlements, announced on Sunday that he will run in the upcoming Habayit Hayehudi primary.
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Like the party leader, Naftali Bennett, Dayan’s background is in high-tech. From 2006, he served as chairman of the Yesha Council, the leading settler lobbying group. Despite being a key figure in the largely religious settlement movement and a long-standing resident of the West Bank, Dayan is secular.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Bennett, Dayan said, “If Habayit Hayehudi will be a major force in the next government, we won’t have the disgrace of Tzipi Livni running the negotiations [with the Palestinians].”
Likud Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz also launched an attack on Livni, taking to Facebook to savage the Hatnuah leader, whose fortunes have risen since agreeing to run on a joint ticket with Labor. “Is Livni on drugs?” Katz wrote.
Moshe Kahlon, meanwhile, has reportedly offered the third spot on his newly formed Kulanu party to supermarket mogul Rami Levy. A party spokesperson, however, said Levy still doesn’t have a place on the party slate.
Levy is best known for introducing supermarket price wars to Israel. His chain went public with an IPO in 2007 and is now Israel’s third-largest supermarket retailer.
Other potential Kulanu candidates are said to include Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States; former police commissioner Moshe Karadi; and Itzik Alrov, a social activist who led the 2011 cottage cheese boycott.