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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.
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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.

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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10 Responses to “Bad Boy”

  1. Alexis Worlock says:

    Great article. One edit: you meant to write "teetering", not "tittering".

  2. Alexis Worlock says:

    You've been in Israel long enough that you now hear English in your head in an Israeli accent. :)

  3. Liad Bar-el says:

    Informative and inspiring article Yori. For such a good article, the title does not do it justice for it is misleading and of poor choice. Even though they may be in humor, there are far too many people reading the Jewish Press with weak English that they will take your words seriously; then, the sin is on your head. Not worth it, IMO. Aryeh Eldad is one of the very few in the Israeli government who is very straight forward and that speaks the truth without a forked tongue. He has never minced words and nobody should mince words with him. The more I learn about Aryeh Eldad, the more I like. Thank you for this article.

  4. Hadar Israel says:

    In Hebrew Arieh Eldad can be called, among the rest of politicians and Knesset Members, without fear of being wrong or excessive, צדיק בסדם, that is a "righteous in Sodom".

  5. Elisheva Barre says:

    This Arab "loyalty" is a double edged sword that could easily turn against Israel.
    So they WILL serve in the army and pay duties and get all the privileges of Jewish citizens including being appointed chief judges and PM – that is if they keep Palestine (as it is to them) democratic and not turn it into an Islamabad…
    Because Ben Ari and Eldad will not stir the pot too much – let alone BREAK IT.
    The change will come from elsewhere.

  6. Felecia Rosenberg says:

    Eldad says: “There’s this ancient Jewish yearning to redeem humanity. I don’t share it. " Who else sees this as problematic? This isn't a cat we want to let out of the bag.

  7. This is a problem. I certainly don't mean in terms of some simplistic liberal idea of a large dissipation of limited national financial resources on a world where there are a lot of larger, wealthier, more secure countries, well able to do so. But in terms of caring, of wanting to see the world better, and wanting to be a role model, a true Jewish and Israeli unity — not just for mutual self-protection, but in mutual concern and responsibility even were there no external threat — this is our entire national raison d'etre from time immemorial!

    Our calling is to be a Light onto the nations, not merely "a nation." And when we insist that we are "just another nation" is all we are, then even as fallacious a national entity as "Palestine" — whose name can't even be pronounced in its national language (no P-sound in Arabic) — is brought into existence and granted the Chutzpah to call Israel illegitimate.

    Devorim 32:21 — "They provoked Me with a non-god, angered Me with their vanities; so I shall provoke them with a non-people, with a vile nation shall I anger them." There is no greater provocation of the G-d who is One, than with the no-god of disunity. If we do not rise above, we will be pushed under. "Normal" has never been, and never will be, an option for Jews or Israel.

  8. Felecia Rosenberg says:

    WOW! consider the implications Israel ——
    Mr. Ponderer writes: "Our calling is to be a Light onto the nations, not merely "a nation." And when we insist that we are "just another nation" is all we are . . .

  9. RabbiRachamim Pauli says:

    My wife was the Yaffo Arab Mr. Taya as in Tayadent who was going for his PhD in Biology-Medicine. He loves Eretz Yisrael on the Muslim Bro grill.

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