After opening its ranks to secular Jews, the religious Jewish Home party has become even more progressive by fielding a Druze candidate for city council in Daliat El Carmel in northern Israel.
Gasov Hasson, 53, is a father of four and a veteran of both the Israeli army and the Israel Police, where he helped establish an undercover Border Police unit in Samaria.
Hasson said that as a politician, his goals will be to advance of the societal position of Druze who serve in the Israeli army, and to work for greater dignity for women in Druze communities.
Hasson also intends to utilize his vast security experience to establish a modern police department in Daliat El Carmel to combat rising petty crime and drug use among local youth.
Looking beyond the local community, Hasson is committed to imparting the Jewish Home's chief value of loyalty to the state even among non-Jewish populations such as his own.
"For me it is wrong to ask what the state can give me, but rather I must ask what I can do for the state," he said. And, while Hasson advocates full equality under the law, he also supports maintaining the Jewish character of Israel. "[Jewish Home leader] Minister Naftali Bennett was the only government minister that chose to mark Memorial Day by attending a ceremony for fallen Druze soldiers," noted Hasson. "I see in him and in Jewish Home a true partner for equality through the strengthening of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state."
Hasson's list for Daliat El Carmel is just one of 85 lists Jewish Home is fielding in municipal elections around the country, particularly in the periphery.