U.S.-born Candidate for Yesh Atid Has Last Laugh

No other Anglo candidate made it in.

U.S.-born Dov Lipman, the Beit Shemesh rabbi who was written off as having an unrealistic spot on Yesh Atid’s Knesset list, was poised as of last night to ride Yair Lapid’s wave into parliament.

The religious son of a federal U.S. judge from Silver Spring, Maryland, Lipman was number 17. Yesh Atid was projected to win 18-19 seats by Israel’s television station exit polls Tuesday night.

No other Anglo candidate made it in. Tarheel Alon Tal, the Green Movement chairman, was stranded at no. 13 on Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah list, which was given six-seven seats. Georgia-native Jeremy Gimpel likely missed out with the no. 14 slot on Habayit Hayehudi, which was projected to win 12 seats.

Daniel Bar-On