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The Achi Yisraeli Party of Haredi Women & # 39; s College founder Adina Bar-Shalom became the first of the 47 parties to stand in the April 9 elections to stop the race on Tuesday.
It is expected that many more parties will stop before the race. The decision not to run was released at 10:30 am, in an effort to prevent media coverage of the party's failure.
"In the light of the political reality that has become clear in recent days and beyond the responsibility of the electorate, the party council has decided not to beat the elections," said Achi Yisraeli spokesperson in the press release. "Achi Yisraeli will continue to promote his values, especially respectfully, unifying discourse on the differences of opinion in Israeli society."
However, more has fallen into the decision than seems at first glance. Sources told The Jerusalem Post that the party had no money left and even had no budget to make the right ads for the seven minutes of television and 14 minutes of radio ads that no established MKs received.
Bar-Shalom is the eldest child of the late Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and promotes a moderate, inclusive message about her father's legacy that is at odds with that of Shas leader Arye Deri. The platform of her party allowed public transport on Shabbat and respect for the LGBT community.
Parties other than Shas have sought Bar-Shalom as a candidate for more than a decade. In the current elections, Bar-Shalom received offers to participate in parties across the entire political spectrum, but they rejected them because there were no realistic slots for the other leading figures in Achi Yisraeli.
Bar-Shalom co-founded the party with former mayor of Yeroham, Michael Biton. But one day before the elections began, he left Fand and joined the party formed by the former chief of staff of the IDF, Benny Gantz, who later became the Israel Resilience Party and then Blue and White.
Gantz wanted Bar-Shalom to come on board at that time, and she would have been the best female candidate of the party. But sources said that the IDF's former spokeswoman, Ruth Yaron, insisted on working independently and persuading Bar-Shalom not to accept the offers.
Former IDF OC Human Resources Gideon Sheffer was the official head of Achi Yisraeli while Bar-Shalom was the top candidate. But Blue and White had too many security figures, which made Sheffer more of a burden than an asset.
There is another party called Achi who is active in the election, together with the Likud. The current Deputy Minister of Defense, Eli Ben-Dahan, is on the Likud list as a representative of Achi, which was founded by Effi Eitam, former leader of the National Religious Party.
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