The Jewish Home party announced the results of its primary elections on Wednesday, ahead of the Knesset elections slated for January 22, 2013. The results included a few upsets, with nonreligious activist Ayelet Sheked making into the third place on the list, ahead of party stalwart MK Uri Orbach, who placed fourth.
Second place on the party list went to former MK Nissan Slomiansky, and fifth place went to Avi Wertzman, deputy mayor of Beersheba.
Because the Jewish Home and the National Union party are to run together in the upcoming elections, it is speculated that Orbach will be relegated to a lower spot on the joint ticket and therefore might not be able to return to the Knesset.
Orbach was a strong supporter of 40-year-old high-tech entrepreneur Naftali Bennett, who won the party’s leadership last week in a landslide victory over MK Zevulun Orlev, who announced his retirement following the results.
According to a Ynet report, Orbach was disappointed by his showing and felt “betrayed,” alleging that Bennett hadn’t reciprocated support for his run for a spot on the party slate.