MK Chetboun Decides to Bid Farewell to Bayit Yehudi


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chetBayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun has decided not to run in the upcoming primaries. He has reached the end of his road in the dati leumi party which he feels has failed to place sufficient emphasis on the “dati” aspect of the decision-making process.

In the past, Chetboun defied party discipline when he would not support criminal sanctions in the formulation of the law to draft chareidim into the IDF. He was sanctioned by the party leader, sanctions that included removing him from his seat on the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee.

In his last act in the party, Chetboun refused to sign a letter circulated by party leader Naftali Bennett as was reported by YWN-ISRAEL. Chetboun feared the letter was written in such a way that it represented approval of making decisions in the future without consulting daas Torah. He was the only member of the dati leumi party who refused to sign the letter.

Bayit Yehudi officials told the media they wish Chetboun continued success in the future.

Amid the speculation surrounding Chetboun’s imminent move, there are predictions that he, Uri Ariel and Eli Yishai will team up to form a new party.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Bayit Yehudi’s loss will be another party’s gain. Chetboun has rare integrity and yiras shamayim, and understands how to respect gedolim. On the one hand, it could be said that this kind of character will dead-end him in politics, as he is just too good for the whole lot of them. On the other hand, it may just as well lead him to the top via siyata dishmaya.Let us hope for scenario B, and pray for his success.

  2. If all party leader would have his attitude, then Israel would be a lot better of and have less problems with the Arabs. The Gidolim warned us two years ago that this would happen if the government would start up with the Torah world.
    Why don’t we hear more of this in the public media? Where is the Torah world???