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Update: Bayit Yehudi Knesset Member Uri Orbach Dies

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Ori Orbach , Knesset Member and minister of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, died around noon Monday. He will be buried at 4:30 p.m. in his home city of Modi’in, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

He was 54, married with four children and was a resident of Ofra, in Samaria. Orbach was a former journalist and founded a children’s magazine.

Orbach wrote for secular and religious newspapers and also had a regular broadcast on Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio).

He was known for a gentle sense of humor, and he helped make the image national religious movement respectable even to those who oppose a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria.

Orbach served as Minister for Pensioners in the past Knesset and was a candidate for re-election.

Israel Radio, part of the anti-right-wing media establishment, lavished praise on Orbach after his death, citing his pleasant manner and character that was the opposite of the typical politician.

He was credited for helping Naftali Bennett build a strong Bayit Yehudi party.

Bennett said after his death, “My big brother has passed away. Uri was a man who was full of humor and was serious, wise and honest, with courage and a vision… Uri had a personal magic that never stopped. He knew how to make children happy with stories, to make their parents laugh with his wisdom and to bring respect to the elderly.

“He helped grow a generation of youth in the media and show them that their dreams are possible. Generations of religious and secular Jews learned from him to connect the two worlds.

“Orbach loved the Land of Israel and every person without limits. He loved the People of Israel, and the People of Israel loved him.

“There was no one in the cold and cynical world someone who was so loved as Uri.

I have lost today a dear friend.”

 

 

Likud Promo: ISIS Terrorists Get Directions to turn ‘Left’ to Jerusalem [video]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The Likud has launched a new campaign promo video showing two ISIS terrorists looking for directions to Jerusalem and asking direction from another motorist, who tells them to turn left.

If viewers still don’t get the not so subtle message, the video makes it clear with the slogan, “The left will surrender to terror.”

The video, like most election clips, is low-brow, a bit childish and enough to get guffaws from supporters and smirks from opposing parties.

But is there an underlying message in the video against Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home)?

A Bayit Yehudi party video last month showed Bennett disguised as a leftist and wearing a bushy red beard.

And lo and behold, one of the ISIS “terrorists” in the Likud video is wearing a bushy beard, almost red.

Bennett tweeted Sunday, “Now they are using me in a Likud film?

Whatever happened to the cease-fire?” meaning that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Bennett would stop jabbing each other.

Here are the pictures of Bennett disguised as a red-bearded leftist and the ISIS “terrorist” in the Likud clip Decide for yourself.

Below the pictures is the Likud video.

 

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Election Committee Bars Arab MK Zoabi from Running for Knesset

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Central Elections Committee Thursday overwhelmingly against Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi’s eligibility for running for election because of her association with terror.

The Joint Arab List, which includes Zoabi’s Balad party, will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, where Zoabi stands a good chance of a ruling in her favor.

The 27-6 vote in the committee rejected arguments by the attorney-general that banning Zoabi would be an open invitation to the Supreme Court to get involved in the political process.

Weinstein also advised against disqualifying right-wing activist Baruch Marzel, whose candidacy with the Yachad party also has been appealed to the committee, which has not yet decided on his eligibility.

The opposition to Zoabi’s candidacy by the Herzog-Livni-led “Zionist Camp” party cemented her disqualification, which also was backed by delegates from the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home), Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas and Yachad parties.

Meretz and the Joint Arab List voted in favor of Zoabi.

The vote paved the way for similar action against Marzel, who later on the day also was disqualified.

Both Zoabi and Marzel, who is not a MK, have shown a proficiency for grabbing headlines. Zoabi is known for her nasty language against the IDF and right-wing Jews, and she also was onboard the Mavi Marmara boat in the flotilla led by IHH terrorists nearly six years ago to break the Israeli maritime embargo on Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

Marzel has been involved in stunts such as marching with an Israeli flag in the city of Umm el-Fahm, which also serves as the headquarters for the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement.

Marzel and Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman, along with the new Yachad party, petitioned the Election Committee to bar Zoabi from running.

The committee hearing was nothing less than a shouting match between Zoabi and hecklers, including Marzel, who jeered when she said Marzel and Lieberman “turned my nation into terrorists,” referring to her nation as “Palestinian.”

Yachad party chairman Eli Yishai shouted at Zoabi that she is a terrorist.

 

New Poll Bad News for the Left and Bayit Yehudi

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

A new poll published by the Israeli Walla! website Thursday shows that the left and center-left parties are losing support, as is the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party.

If elections were held today, the Likud would win 26 seats in the Knesset, compared with 23 for the Herzog-Livni “Zionist Camp” duo, according to the poll.

The most significant changes from previous polls are weakening support for Meretz and Bayit Yehudi. The left-wing Meretz party will barely win representation, apparently losing voters to Herzog-Livni, a merger of Livni’s HaTnuah party and Labor (The Zionist Union), the poll reveals. Theirs candidates are more much more leftist than before, attracting Meretz supporters but apparently putting off supports who may have flocked to Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and the new Kulanu party founded by Moshe Kahlon.

Bayit Yehudi, headed by Naftali Bennett, is losing ground. For the first time since the beginning of the campaign, the party has dropped to 12 Knesset seats, the same as in the outgoing Knesset but two to four less than in nearly all previous polls. This puts them as the same size as the Arab party, who could end up being the 3rd largest party in the Knesset.

That drop accounts for the increase in support for Likud.

The shifts in supports for Meretz and Bayit Yehudi do not change the left-right balance, but they leave the Likud in a better position.

The Walla! poll gives Yesh Atid 10 seats, one more than in most other previous polls. All other parties are more or less in the same position, except for Yisrael Beiteinu, which was granted seven seats, according to the poll. Previous surveys projected the party headed by Avigdor Lieberman would barely win enough support to enter the Knesset.

The new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai continues to be on the edge of winning enough votes to enter the Knesset.

 

MK Uri Orbach Still Very Unwell

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Minister Uri Orbach’s (Bayit Yehudi) medical condition continues to be very bad.

In agreement with his family, the Prime Minister has declared Orbach temporarily absent from the Knesset, according to Amit Segal.

Naftali Bennett will be temporarily filling his position.

There will a mass prayer session held for the Minister on Sunday evening,led by Chief Rabbi David Lau.

New Poll Shows All Parties Going Full Blast in Neutral

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The oddest result of a month of polls is that there has been almost absolutely no change in the numbers.

The weekly Rafi Smith poll published Thursday night reveals that all parties are more or less stagnant and that national religious voters favoring the new Yachad party headed by Eli Yishai may be wasting their votes.

The new party has been on the edge of winning the minimum number of votes to enter the Knesset, but the Smith poll leaves Yachad under the radar. If polls in the next two weeks do not clearly show that the party has enough backing to win Knesset representation, voters are likely to abandon the sinking ship in favor of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party.

Labor-Livni, running under the banner of the “Zionist Camp” party, would win 25 seats in the Knesset if elections were held today, according  to the Smith survey. The number is unchanged from last week’s survey.

Similarly, the Likud party, headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, would win 24 seats, followed by Bayit Yehudi with 16, one more than last week.

Next in line are Yesh Atid, whose chairman is Yair Lapid, with nine seats, and Shas, headed by Aryeh Deri with eight Knesset Members. Both parties’ support is unchanged from last week.

Kulanu (All of Us) headed by Moshe Kahlon won enough backing for eight seats, one less than last week.

Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism), the Ashkenazi Haredi party, gained one seat and now has eight projected MKs. Both Meretz and Yisrael Beiteinu lost one seat and are down to five,

The joint Arab list of parties won 12 seats, one more than in the previous poll.

The changes of one seat up or down are relatively insignificant given the margin of error in surveys.

Pollsters insist there is a large bloc of undecided voters, but if that is the case, they appear to be decidedly undecided.

No matter how you spin the  numbers, the results still show that Labor-Livni, or the Zionist Camp if you prefer the official name, have no chance of forming a government.

One Jewish Press report last week suggested that the Arab parties are “natural partners” for a left-wing coalition and that even if they don’t join the coalition, they would give their support for it in critical votes. Arab parties never have agreed to be part of an Israeli government, and given the fact that several of the Arab MKs are blatantly pro-Palestinian Authority and openly against a Jewish State of Israel, they are not about to change the tradition.

However, it also is unlikely that Kulanu and Yesh Atid would accept demands of the Arab parties if push came to shove and Herzog and Livni were to propose a coalition needing support of Arab MKs.

No party has any momentum. The only likely changes in the strength of the left-wing or right-wing camp will come from lukewarm supporters of Kulanu and Yesh Lapid.

That leaves the undecided voters to make up their minds, and they have a little more than six weeks to do so.

A Yishai–Ben-Ari Mashup Would Hurt Bayit Yehudi, but No Mashup Will be Even Worse

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Polls that showing that Eli Yishai’s Yachad party won’t pass the minimum electoral threshold. Neither will Michael Ben-Ari’s Otzma Yehudit party. As a result, they could lose at least 4 seats that could have gone towards a right-wing coalition.

But joined together, the two are not only more likely to get in, but could possibly get as many as 7 seats.

But it comes at a cost.

Bayit Yehudi drops from 15 or 16 in the polls to 13 seats. Shas will also take a hit and drop back down to 6, after rallying this past week.

While Bayit Yehudi will take a small hit, in the big picture, Bayit Yehudi and Yachad would then bring 20 seats to the coalition, not 15 – assuming Naftali Bennett agrees to work with them after the elections.

It’s clear that neither the Yachad nor the Otzma party chiefs plans to step down for the greater good and ensure Bayit Yehudi gets their otherwise lost votes, so the only sane option left is for them is to join together for the elections.

The question is, will their ideological handcuffs allow them to do the right thing?

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