In his Tel Aviv press conference on Tuesday 30 Tishrei 5773, Rabbi Chaim Amsellem announced his ‘עם שלם’ party will be running in the upcoming general election. The former Shas MK announced his platform, one that highlights the social economic reform as well as bringing back the “Jew of moderation that was seen in the house of abba and ima”.
Amsellem feels that there are many chareidim that view him as a bridge between the different segments of society and he plans to address the social issues that have been ignored for too long. He spoke of the residents in development areas, the municipalities that have been ignored for too many years. He explained that only a chareidi individual will reach the chareidi tzibur, drawing on the success of the late Tommy Lapid whose Shinui Party earned 15 seats but lacked support from chareidim, which he is confident he will earn.
Amsellem also addressed the discrimination that exists in chareidi schools and vowed to work hard to eliminate the unacceptable phenomenon once and for all.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)