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"My engagement in medicine has taught me that in order to heal one must come in contact with the most repulsive things you can imagine."
Power for Israel leader Aryeh Eldad.

Power for Israel leader Aryeh Eldad.
Photo Credit: Yori Yanover / JewishPress.com

Won’t he also hide behind [former IDF Chief of staff and Netanyahu’s current Vice Premier] Moshe Yaalon in the next government?

“Yes, but Yaalon would be in a more delicate spot, not wishing to alienate his own base,” Eldad is hoping.

Except that Yaalon has already played the bad cop for Netanyahu regarding the destruction of the homes in Ulpana Hill in Beit El, and, judging by his success in the Likud primaries (he placed in the top 10) – he hasn’t alienated his base so far. Perhaps it was the tortured way in which he delivered the bad news…

One of the biggest hurdles in the path of the settlement movement has been the Supreme Court, a bastion of the left, which, unlike the way it’s done in the U.S. and most other Western democracies, is largely self appointed. The combination of an anti-settlement high court and an anti-settlement attorney general, acting with the blessing of the defense minister, have led to the last Netanyahu government being the most anti-settler in Israel’s history, even when compared with Barak’s and Peres’s governments.

Eldad wants to see a constitutional high court which is picked solely by the Knesset, which today only gets a third of the nine votes in the appointing committee, one of which belongs to the minister of the judiciary.

Back to our opening math equation: Here’s why I think a vote for Power for Israel is good for Israel:

First: Just as Jewish Home with Naftali Bennett will be keeping Likud-Beitenu honest, Power for Israel will keep Bennett honest.

Second: In the Knesset, a small but highly motivated faction like Power for Israel can deliver—and has done so—important legislation for everybody’s benefit..

And finally: You can’t have a good parliament without street theater.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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