NEW YORK (VINnews) – There has been a dramatic shift in the WZO election results for 2020 as compared to the 2015 results. There will clearly be more Yarmulkahs and long skirts in the American delegation at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem this coming October.
One third of all votes cast in the elections for the 38th World Zionist Congress (WZC) were taken by the Orthodox Israel Coalition (Mizrachi and the OU) and the new Orthodox party called, “Eretz HaKodesh.”
The results will help determine the leadership roles of major Zionist institutions and the allocation of some 800 million dollars a year in funding.
The Orthodox Israel Coalition received 21,698 votes, and Eretz Hakodesh that received 20,023 votes.Shas Olami (Rav Ovadia Yoseph’s party) received 2046 votes. A traditional ally of the Orthodox parties is the right-wing Zionist Organization of America Coalition, is affiliated with the Likud Party, who received 10,313 votes.
The Reform Movement group received 31,500 votes, which represents a total of only 25 percent of the vote. In 2015, it took 38% of the vote.
Merkaz USA represents Conservative Judaism, and they received 14,666 votes giving it 10% of the vote. In 2015 they had 17% of the vote.
The American Forum for Israel, representing Lieberman’s Yisrael Beytenu Party, received 8,132 votes.
The J-Street supporting, left-wing, progressive, Hatikvah slate received 7,932 votes.
The election results mean a big win for the orthodox in helping decide the leadership of the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Jewish National Fund, and Keren Hayesod — United Israel Appeal.