The number of Lubavitchers who supported the Ashkenazic-Charedi UTJ party grew significantly this election.
According to UTJ, the party was active in many Chabad communities around Israel. This activity was led by Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush, who is also a UTJ party leader.
On Monday, Porush visited many Chabad communities around Israel, speaking to activists and encouraging voters to act and to work to encourage others to vote for the party.
During his visit to Kfar Chabad, he met Chabad Chasidim who voted for his party.
“There’s no doubt that we are the most religious party in the right-wing bloc,” Porush said. “We’re the only party which will steadfastly preserve the three ‘complete’ values which are important to the Rebbe. I will continue to help and to stand by Chabad throughout the year.”
In addition to UTJ’s efforts, many Chabad rabbis and leaders told their followers that it is forbidden to vote for a party which will not pass the electoral threshold, instead calling on voters to throw their support behind UTJ, which is “the most religious list which will preserve in the best way possible the three ‘complete’ ideals.”
The Rebbe called out to vote but did not say which party to vote for. Instead, he called on voters to support the party which will preserve “the complete nation of Israel, the complete Land of Israel, and the complete Torah of Israel.”
Each voter, however, interprets that statement to mean something else, and when no parties seem to exemplify those values, many Chabad-Lubavtich voters choose the party which best supports at least two of the three.
As a result, in 2019’s elections many Chabad Chasidim voted for Otzma Yehudit, despite the high chance that it would not cross the threshold. In 2015, a large percentage of Chabad Chasidim voted for Eli Yishai’s Yachad party, which nearly made it into the Knesset.
The final count of votes in Kfar Chabad is as follows:
UTJ – 1,113 votes
Likud – 736 votes
Shas – 617 votes
Yemina – 204 votes
Otzma Yehudit – 139 votes
As mentioned above the result of last Israel elections in Kfar Chabad was a little Different with more support for Otzma Yehudit.
UTJ – 1,064 votes
Otzma Yehudit – 614 votes
Likud – 527 votes
Yemina – 312 votes
Shas – 249 votes