Photo: Motti Kimchi
Olim arrive at Ben Gurion airport
Photo: Motti Kimchi

Parties appeal to olim in final election push

Videos by Yesh Atid and Kulanu vow to fight to improve lives of Israel's immigrants on eve of general election.

As political parties make their final pleas for votes ahead of Tuesday's general election, some are seeking to specifically address the many olim who have arrived in Israel from around the world.



A Yesh Atid video posted online on Sunday showed party members sharing their experiences of making aliyah. MK Meir Cohen recalled making his way from Morocco to an Israeli transit camp with his family in 1962.



Other Yesh Atid MKs, many of whom moved to Israel when they were children, were born in -- or had parents born in -- France, Argentina, Russia, the United States. They all repeat the message that they "came home to live in a Jewish state." The politicians in the video express their belief in the ideals of fighting racism and improving the lives of immigrants.


The video ends with a simple message: "It's a fight for our country."


Michael Oren, who is a member of Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu list for Knesset, spoke to olim in his own video. "To my fellow olim hadashim: As someone who made aliyah nearly 40 years ago, I know how difficult this process can be," he said.



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"But it can be harder still to remain in Israel, to land a respectable job, to find an affordable home, and to make ends meet. The Kulanu party will fight on your behalf, to ensure that Israel is a place where olim hadashim can thrive."


Parties have over the last few weeks attempted to court various large communities of olim, such as those whose national origin is France and Russia.


פרסום ראשון: 03.16.15, 23:55
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