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On Eve of Obama’s Visit, the Right is Silent

The Right is complacent, perhaps because everyone is busy with the Herculean task of assembling the next governing coalition.
Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett at the Knesset, February 11, 2013.

Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett at the Knesset, February 11, 2013.
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Yet the Right is complacent, perhaps because everyone is busy with the Herculean task of assembling the next governing coalition. Likud officials are all waiting to find out what positions they will receive. Even the hawks among them have therefore fallen silent. The organizations of the Right are on sabbatical, waiting for the political leadership.

After an aggressive electoral campaign by the rightist parties in which they stressed the need to bring as many of their members as possible into the Knesset, the public is left waiting for them, including Jewish Home legislators who promised a different kind of leadership and “something new.”

Unfortunately, the Jewish Home seems to have lost its bearings. Instead of initiating a discussion of concerns of a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, or warning about the danger that terrorists will be let loose, it is spending energy fighting against the Ya’alon Plan and for the advancement of the Bennett-Lapid alliance. This is what matters to them? This is what they were elected to do?

What is in store for the alliance with the Yesh Atid party? The National Religious Party already did the same thing ten years ago, when it made a similar deal with Yair Lapid’s late father. That partnership failed to hold up under pressure. The deal they made gave Tommy Lapid most of what he wanted and gave Ariel Sharon the majority he needed to uproot Gush Katif.

Who is the senior defense official in Yesh Atid? Former ISA head Yaakov Peri. Peri is one of the leaders of the Geneva Initiative. Is he really going to stand with the Jewish Home when push comes to shove?

The general nationalist public, including Israelis in Judea and Samaria, is resting peacefully, putting its trust in the new politicians it has elected. It will be interesting to see when the public figures out that it has to guard its own interests.

Originally published in Makor Rishon on February 15, 2013, under the title, “Obama and the Jewish Problem.” Translated from Hebrew by David Greenberg.

About the Author: Lt.-Col. (ret.) Meir Indor is CEO of Almagor Terror Victims Association. In his extended career of public service, he has worked as a journalist, founded the Libi Fund, Sar-El, Habaita, among many other initiatives, and continues to lend his support to other pressing causes of the day.


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6 Responses to “On Eve of Obama’s Visit, the Right is Silent”

  1. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Thank you very much for the eloquent warnings Lt.-Col. (ret.) Meir Rishon. Pres. Obama is extremely cunning he has timed his visit perfectly and his visit will be accompanied by maximum diplomatic and leftist media pressure on Israel and Zionism. The division and infighting on the right turned what could have been a strong victory for the right into a very weak victory. If the division and infighting continues the enemies of Israel will work quickly to take full advantage of the situation. A DISCIPLINED, COMMITTED and UNITED Likud-Betayanu-Shas-UTJ-Jewish Home rightwing coalition is the option for defending Zionism against its enemies.

  2. Batya Spiegelman Medad says:

    There is no parliamentary Right now in Israel. They are doing their best to be Center.

  3. Zoltan Ban says:

    Security! Is this what it is really all about? How about the fact that Israel currently gets half of all water consumed from the West Bank and the Golan Heights? How can you shake hands, end the occupation, and make peace, when you are living off the occupation?
    http://zoltansustainableecon.blogspot.com/2013/02/water-israels-true-barrier-to-peace.html

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    United Torah Judaism may have just endorsed uprooting all settlements outside of the settlement blocks:

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/157531/Chareidi-Parties-Shift-Left-to-Save-Yeshivos.html

  5. Israel just needs to affirm with Obama seeing that he says he is a christian Psalm 105 verse 4-5.
    "Firm stands G-d's Word to Abraham spoken.
    His oath to Isaac never broken.
    His everlasting covenant.
    With Israel – G-d will not recant.
    He said "To you this land I give.
    That as my heirs you there may live.

    When few in number and neglected.
    They by the nations were rejected.
    And when they wandered far and wide.
    The Lord remained their faithfull guide.
    So none His people could oppress.
    Kings could not curse when G-d did bless".

    Not to fear Obama, as he isn't trustworthy, but look to the Lord God of Israel, as He is your defender and protector. shalom and G-d bless.

  6. Israel just needs to affirm with Obama seeing that he says he is a christian Psalm 105 verse 4-5.
    "Firm stands G-d's Word to Abraham spoken.
    His oath to Isaac never broken.
    His everlasting covenant.
    With Israel – G-d will not recant.
    He said "To you this land I give.
    That as my heirs you there may live.

    When few in number and neglected.
    They by the nations were rejected.
    And when they wandered far and wide.
    The Lord remained their faithfull guide.
    So none His people could oppress.
    Kings could not curse when G-d did bless".

    Not to fear Obama, as he isn't trustworthy, but look to the Lord God of Israel, as He is your defender and protector. shalom and G-d bless.

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