Haaretz asks whether Geneva Initiative Council Member Adina Bar Shalom Will Run for the Knesset

By Yossi Verter, Haaretz

10.05.14
 
 
...Adina Bar-Shalom achieved a rare honor this year: On Independence Day eve, she was one of the women who lit a torch in the traditional Mount Herzl ceremony. The next day, she was awarded the Israel Prize for her life’s work and her special contribution to society and the state, for establishing an ultra-Orthodox college in Jerusalem and for her activity on behalf of Haredi women who want to enter the labor market.
 
It’s no secret that Bar-Shalom wants to enter national politics. Reports say she intends to run in the next Knesset election. Not, heaven forbid, as a candidate of Shas, the party founded by her late father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, but in a party with a more modern, secular, open character.
 
One option that she is seriously considering involves joining forces with Moshe Kahlon. At her request, she met with the popular former Likud minister two weeks ago, and they talked about her joining the social-oriented party he intends to establish before the next election. Kahlon confirmed that the meeting took place, but was unwilling to say whether anything was finalized. He will reveal the names of those he has recruited at a time and place of his choosing, when the election is looming on the horizon.
 
Among her public activities, Bar-Shalom is a member of the public council of the leftist Geneva Initiative, founded by former Labor minister and Meretz leader Yossi Beilin. In the past, she has expressed support for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for peace with Syria, and for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the 1967 boundaries, with East Jerusalem as its capital...