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Mafdal Party (Israel)

MAFDAL Miflaga Datit Le'umit, National Religious Party

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This week there was the "official" begining of 2003 elections campeign. (Elections due to 28 January). I am watching the TV promotions just to see if any flags are used.
I saw the flag of the MAFDAL party (miflaga datit-leumit – national religious party) – white party's initials on blue
Dov Gutterman, 9 January 2003

Full name in 2003 elections: Ha'Mafdal – Miflaga Datit Leumit, Ha'Mizrahi – Hapoel Ha'Mizrahi Be'Eretz Israel (Ha'Mafdal – National Religious Party, The Oriental – The Oriental Worker in Israel Land)
Letter: Bet
Flag/logo: flag – white initials on blue
Remarks: also spotted unidentified logo on white. Too small to identify.
Dov Gutterman, 17/28 January 2003

Mafdal (initials of Miflaga Datit Leumit – National Religious Party) was established in 1956 as a union of two religious-Zionists parties (HaMizrahi [=The Orient] and HaPoel HaMizrahi [The Oriental Worker] – both with long roots starting in the birth of the Zionist Movement in Eastern Europe). The party's official name is MAFDAL – HaMiflaga HaDatit HaLe'umit, HaMizrahi, Hapoel HaMizrahi (National Religious Party, The Oriental, The Oriental Worker). It had 4 seats in the 16th Knesset.
In 2006 General Elections it ran together with Ikhud Le'umi in a joint list. The two parties, which had together 11 seats in the 16th Knesset and expected to become a major power as the representatives of the anti-evacuation right wing, took a blow and got only 9 seats in 2006 and are in the opposition. Only days will say if this ad-hoc union will continue.
Mafdal is using a logo with its name in dark-blue over grayish-light blue background with the center of the Mem shaped like Magen David and probably appear as such as a flag.
Dov Gutterman, 25 March/7 June 2006

Use of the word "Oriental" is somewhat misleading, as the party is not exclusively made up of Oriental Jews. Rather, the name originated in Eastern Europe, as an acronym for the Hebrew words "Spiritual Center", which also happened to mean "East", where Israel is.
Nathan Lamm, 25 March 2006

For 2009 election, it ran as Habyit Hayehudi – Mafdal HaHadasha (The Jewish home – The new Mafdal). New logo was intreduced that can be seen at The former symbols of MAFDAL are obsolete.
Dov Gutterman, 10 February 2009

2006 Flag

image by Željko Heimer