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December 20, 2014 / 28 Kislev, 5775
 
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Former Chief Rabbi to Run in Bayit Yehudi Primaries

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Rontzki announced on Saturday night that he would run in the Bayit Yehudi primaries.

Rontzki began his army career in 1969 as a navy seal in Shayet 13 switching over to a paratroopers/commando unit which he commanded in the Yom Kippur war.

He kept moving up in the ranks, switching over to the reserves, where he became chief of staff of the Samaria Territorial Brigade.

After the Yom Kippur War Rontzki became religious, and became one of the founders of the town of Itamar in the Shomron, as well as the Elon Moreh Hesder Yeshiva, which he headed as Rosh Yeshiva.

In 2006 he was appointed as Chief Rabbi of the IDF with the rank of Brigadier General.

Bennett Cites Agreement with Netanyahu During Campaign

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi party chairman Naftali Bennett have agreed to a truce, at least during the upcoming campaign, according to Bennett’s account.

The two men have often been at odds with each other over the past year, even during this past summer’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge.

But in order to face a common threat to a possible coalition deal ahead, the two came to an “arrangement,” Bennett said Saturday night while at the Saban Forum.

“I was critical, and I still am critical of his policies,” Bennett said. “He supports a Palestinian state and I oppose it. I thought that in many cases he made mistakes and I told him, and sometimes publicly, when I thought it might influence the outcome.”

However, he added, “We have an arrangement where we don’t attack each other during these elections. Last time I was strongly attacked by Likud, and ultimately we want to form a strong national bloc which, obviously in my opinion, is good for Israel.”

 

Naftali Bennett and Uri Ariel are Going to Lose the Elections

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

“Shooting inside the APC”

The polls show Bayit Yehudi winning between 16 to 18 seats in the upcoming election.

But the polls are wrong, and the reason is Naftali Bennett and Uri Ariel.

Bennett and Ariel have different political styles, different visions on how the party should run, different religious outlooks, and most importantly they’ve forgotten what they have in common and what they have to both gain and lose.

If this fighting between the two of them continues to escalate in the direction it is heading — and they are both to blame for the fighting — then the Bayit Yehudi party will split, and everything gained in the last election will be lost.

Ariel’s National Union, as a stand-alone party, is unlikely to have enough seats to pass the threshold, and even if it does pass they’ll be sidelined from any coalition. Either way, National Union seats will be siphoned away from Bayit Yehudi and lost.

And on the other side, Bennett, without Ariel (who is an excellent parliamentarian) will not really interest those who are looking for a right-wing and religious party, which is what the National Union bloc brings to Bayit Yehudi.

Without its strong religious/right-wing component, Bayit Yehudi will look like a poor man’s Likud, and why vote for a copy when you have the original- the Likud, who will be fielding their proven and strong right-wing/religious bloc.

If these two split the party, I simply don’t see myself voting for either one, and I’ve heard the same from other people.

So they had better get their acts together now, and each of them had better start to compromise and talk nicely to one another and figure out how to run and work together, for everyone’s benefit — then Bayit Yehudi will win big.

Otherwise, I’ll give be giving my vote to Feiglin and Hotovely, even if I have to hold my nose and vote Likud to do so.

Election Fever in Israel

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The Likud party, led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, is set to hold primary elections next month. Members will cast their ballots on January 4, 2015 to decide who will lead the party, just a day before primaries are held by the Bayit Yehudi party, led by Naftali Bennett, for the same reason.

The announcement that the two leading right wing parties in Israel are both set to hold primary elections next month comes in the wake of a failed “peace” attempt between Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, chairman of the left-centrist Yesh Atid party, on Monday night.

The prime minister told Lapid at that meeting the coalition would be unable to stand as long as Lapid and his party members continued to attack the very same government in which they participate.

Netanyahu listed five conditions to be met by Lapid in order to hold the coalition together and avoid early elections:

  • Cease attacks on the coalition, Israeli construction in Jerusalem and the nation’s relations with the United States;
  • Transfer NIS 6 billion to the defense budget to fund development of APCs (armored personnel carriers), the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, and military training programs;
  • Release funds to facilitate the IDF move to the Negev in accordance with previous agreements. The project was officially frozen Sunday by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon due to a lack of funds from Finance Ministry;
  • Support the Jewish State Law version authored by Netanyahu as presented at the cabinet meeting on Sunday;
  • Freeze the zero percent VAT bill, a centerpiece project of Yair Lapid.

Given the final condition in particular, it appears that early elections are inevitable. The  zero percent VAT bill is one that Lapid has promised his constituents he will pass.

The Yesh Atid party said in an official statement following the Netanyahu-Lapid meeting that the prime minister “chose to act irresponsibly and put the needs of the Israeli public at the end of his list of priorities… The prime minister prefers to drag the entire economy into elections that will paralyze the economy, will stop all the reforms designed to benefit the citizens of Israel and prevent young couples from having the opportunity to buy their own apartment with the realization of the zero percent VAT law.”

Report: Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi ‘Settling’ in Jerusalem

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Kiryat Arba-Hebron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior has reportedly decided to leave his community and move to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives, according to Kipa, a national religious website.

The rabbi, who wields enormous influence as one of the top national religious rabbis and who heads the Kiryat Arba Hesder Yeshiva and the Council of Rabbis of Judea and Samaria, reportedly plans to complete the move by Chanukah.

The rabbi reportedly bought property in Beit Orot two years ago, according to The Jerusalem Post. His assistant told the Post that having reached age 80, the rabbi ‘thought it right to step down from his post’ and decided to move to Beit Orot because ‘settling in the east of the city’ [of Jerusalem] was “close to his heart.”

Rabbi Lior is student of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook and served as rabbi of Moshav Kfar HaRoeh for 10 years prior to accepting the post at Kiryat Arba.

The Bayit Yehudi party, with whom the rabbi is close, said it would move to fill the position of Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hebron with someone close to the mainstream of the national religious movement.

Bayit Yehudi Opens English-Speakers Forum

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Bayit Yehudi announced today the formation of a new English-Speakers Forum. The forum was created with the goal of increasing activity in the party for tackling Western immigrant issues and increasing the number of party members and voters who speak English. The forum will be represented in the various party institutions, including Knesset faction meetings on relevant issues, and will be a factor in forming all party positions regarding immigration and absorption. It will also be an address for English speaking Bayit Yehudi supporters in the Diaspora.

The forum will assist MKs with English language correspondences and conduct quarterly meetings with MKs on a wide range of topics with the purpose of forming position papers on key issues facing the English-speaking Oleh community. With their Western culture, the forum will also advance the democratic values of accountability, transparency and representation in the party.

On September 10th, 2014 the Bayit Yehudi Central Committee approved a new party constitution and this new constitution redistributed the party control to 13 different party institutions. The new Bayit Yehudi forums, of which 12 new forums were created, count as one of those 13 institutions. The official definition of a “Forum” according to the new Bayit Yehudi Constitution is as follows: “A Forum is an internal party body, comprising Bayit Yehudi Central Committee members and Bayit Yehudi members, and its job is to discuss and present recommendations to the party and the other party institutions regarding the issues it was tasked with dealing with”. The constitution states that “Forums are active within the party membership and act as advisory bodies to all party institutions. Forums will work in cooperation with the institutions of the party.” Forums work alongside three other party institutions, the Central Committee, the Bureau, and the Secretariat. The Central Committee, the supreme party institution, receives reports on the Forum discussions and recommendations, and is has the power to discuss them at Central Committee meetings and adopt them through a vote. The Bureau, the ideological institution, also receives reports on Forum activities and decisions. The Secretariat, the executive branch of the party, determines Forums working methods and the range of their activities.” Bayit Yehudi English Speakers’ Forum Chairman Jeremy Saltan told JewishPress.com:

“The Bayit Yehudi is the natural home Zionist Olim. We are the only party in the Knesset that opposes a Palestinian State west of the Jordan River and protects Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem. Just this week Minister Bennett initiated the free shuttle bus program from the old train station through the City of David to the Western Wall. This new Forum shows the importance the Bayit Yehudi places on English speaking immigrants. We are the only party promoting accountability, transparency and representation to our voters. I want to thank Bayit Yehudi Chairman Minister Naftali Bennett & Bayit Yehudi Director General Nir Orbach for prioritizing Western Zionist immigrant issues.”

Jeremy Saltan is a veteran “Knesset Insider”, campaigner and political analyst.

Saltan is also a familiar face to JewishPress.com readers. Besides having made Aliyah from Chicago to Israel, his blog has appeared on JewishPress.com, and he is regular guest on the Yishai Fleishers’s JewishPress.com radio show.

Saltan served as the campaign manager for Bayit Yehudi’s highly successful English language campaign for the 19th Knesset, having managed Bayit Yehudi candidate Jeremy Gimpel’s primary campaign and as a political and legislative assistant to National Union leader Yaakov Ketzeleh Katz in the 18th Knesset. He is also Bayit Yehudi’s Party Branch Director in Mevasseret Tzion where he serves on the city council’s Defense, Status of Women and Immigration & Absorption Committees, and holds the Religious Culture portfolio. The Central Committee Member is also a member of Bayit Yehudi’s Party Branch Leader, Women, and Youth Forums. He also works as a contributor on Voice of Israel.

Bayit Yehudi Director General Nir Orbach said, “The Forum is our way to help integrate these quality immigrants, who are here by choice, into Israeli society by addressing issues that are important to them. I want to thank Jeremy Saltan for everything he has done until now, and I look forward to working with him in the near future. Jeremy is a loyal partner on our path towards the leadership of the country.”

Liberman Dismantles Partnership with Likud

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman dissolved the partnership of his Yisrael Beytenu party with the Prime Minister’s leading Likud party.

Liberman made the formal announcement Monday at noon, telling reporters at a news conference the impetus for the move was a disagreement over how the escalation of attacks from Gaza were being handled.

“The truth is, the [Likud Beytenu] merger never really worked well,” he said, “not before the elections, not during the elections, and not after the elections either.”

However, he made it clear he did not intend to leave the government coalition.

There have been sharp differences between the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu in how the Gaza situation should be handled, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Liberman have traded fierce words over the issue.

“The central objective of the government is to stop the firing on the communities in the south but the argument over the way to do this should not leak out of the Cabinet,” Netanyahu said Sunday during the cabinet meeting.

Apparently Liberman decided it was preferable to free himself to say and do what he pleases as an independent entity rather than be forced to cooperate with a policy he detests as part of a merged party with the Likud.

He has demanded a ‘harsh operation’ in Gaza and a similar response to end the Arab violence throughout Israel, citing his call for a need to silence the terrorist guns as his reason for ending his merger with the Likud.

In that he is joined by Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party chairman Naftali Bennett, who has also been calling for a wide-scale operation in Gaza to silence the increasing rocket and mortar fire.

Although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Thursday that any escalation would be met with a fierce response the IDF has been forced to restrict itself to measured air strikes that target specific terrorist targets.

Sunday night and Monday morning nine terrorists were killed in Gaza, including seven in a smugglers tunnel along the region’s border with Egypt. It was unclear whether those seven were killed by the air strike, or whether they died due to a ‘work accident’ in which a bomb they were working on exploded prematurely.

IAF fighter pilots also killed two terrorists who were in the process of launching another rocket attack against southern Israel. They attacked a total of 14 targets in two waves of air strikes overnight.

Nevertheless, Hamas and other terror groups have continue to fire rockets, mortar shells and missiles at Israel and have slowly increased the range and number of projectiles they launch.

On Monday Gaza terrorists fired an anti-tank missile across the border at IDF soldiers patrolling along the security fence as well.

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