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Recount Lifts Likud’s Tzipi Hotovely into Almost Certain Re-Election

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely has been put back into a higher spot on the Likud candidate list, making it more likely she will be re-elected following a recount of the votes in the Likud primary elections last week.

Another recount is probable since Hotovely now has a lead of only 11-19 votes over former MK and minister Avi Dichter, who according to the first recount beat Hotovely by 55 votes for the 20th place on the party list.

The next five places on the list are reserved for sectors, regardless of the voting results, meaning that Dichter now is the 26th place.

Likud primary elections almost always never pass without questionable practices and mishaps. This time around, it simply may be that someone doesn’t know how to count, and if that is the case, woe to Israel if the same person becomes the Finance Minister.

The new recount is good news for the Likud because Hotovely is very popular among national religious voters, while Dichter is identified with the classic Likud wheelers and dealers whose ideology blows with the wind and the smell of power.

The entire Hotovely-Dichter see-saw may be superfluous because Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu still has the privilege of choosing one of them as his own preference for the 23rd place on the party list.

However, the way the polls are going, even Hotovely, in the 20th place, cannot be sure of a seat.

Three polls by different Israeli television channels give the Likud between 20 and 25 seats in the Knesset elections, to be held March 17.

If Hotovely holds on to her slim lead, she might be able to attract more voters, all at the expense of the Jewish Home.

Feiglin to Announce His Political Future Next Week

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Outgoing Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin will announce his plans for his political future at a meeting with supporters Monday night, he wrote on his Facebook page Friday morning.

“I am honored to invite you to a meeting of supporters to explain how we will continue. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Jerusalem at a place to be announced later,” Feiglin wrote.

Likud party primary elections voters Wednesday night dumped Feiglin to an unrealistic spot on the party’s list of candidates, much to the delight of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Jewish Home party.

The Prime Minister did not like Feiglin’s clear-spoken views that give the Likud an image of being “too” right wing. The Jewish Home party is likely to pick up at least one if not more seats in the Knesset from voters who would not vote Likud unless Feiglin had a good chance of being elected.

Another factor in the Jewish Home party’s favor is that Likud voters also dropped popular right-winger Tzipi Hotovely from the list of realistic candidate, further distancing strong nationalists from voting for the Likud party.

‘Deals’ with Likud Bigwigs Backfire and Put Feiglin at Exit Door of Knesset

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Moshe Feiglin appears to be on the way out of the Knesset according to early returns of last night’s Likud’s primaries.

Assuming that the Likud will not win more than 25 seats in the next Knesset, the highest number any polls show, his place on the list of Likud candidates will be farther down the list.

His loss will be the Jewish Home party’s gain because it will gain most of the votes of those who would have voted for Likud in the March elections if Feiglin had a reasonable chance to be re-elected.

Feiglin surprised Likud leaders with a strong showing the last elections in 2012 and won the 15th spot and making him a certain Knesset Member for the first time.

This time around, he made deals with Likud leaders to ensure his position, but they turned around and left him holding an empty bag. With more than 40 percent of the results counted, Feiglin did not make the top 15, and even if the final votes give him a spot within the top 25, he will bumped because the party reserves several places for regional and sectoral candidates.

Feiglln wrote on his Facebook page this morning:

This morning, I feel an obligation to deeply express my heartfelt appreciation to activists, volunteers and contributors who worked on my behalf and for the ideal I am privileged to lead – with exceptional self-sacrifice.

I promise that despite the shadow that darken the purity of the elections – and the results will be what they are – I do not take me eyes off the objective for a moment, and we continue…faithful leadership for the country.

Feiglin’s faction in the Likud is called “Jewish leadership.”

A sign of Feiglin’s fate can be seen from his statement after he won the elections last time around, when he declared, “This is just the beginning. We will build the temple on the Temple Mount and fulfill our purpose in this land.”

That is too honest, too idealistic and too close to the goal of what almost every Jew says , if not three times a day in prayer for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, at least once a year at the Passover Seder, “Next Year in [Rebuilt} Jerusalem,” meaning the Third Temple.

That kind of faith is too scary and not “practical” enough for politicians, especially those in the rough-and-tough Likud.

Feiglin’s strategy has been, in his words, ”to return the Likud to its true values.”

He signed up thousands of people to sign up with the Likud and vote for him n the primaries even if they vote for the Jewish Home party in the general elections.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu successful used all kinds of deals and tricks to keep Feiglin out of the Knesset until the last elections. Once was enough for him, and the bigwigs wheeled and dealed him out.

That is what happens when an intellectually honest person tries to succeed in politics.

Haredi and Hard-Core Right-Wingers May Help Elect the Left

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

A new poll on Friday showing the possible demise of Shas should make Sephardi Rabbi Chaim Amsalem and right-wing Otzma leader Michael Ben-Ari think twice about running the elections, but their egos probably will seal their ears.

If each of them insists on running in their own independent parties, they are unlikely to win the minimum number of votes to enter the Knesset and will waste tens of thousands of votes that otherwise would go to the Jewish Home and the other two Sephardi parties.

That means the other parties, particular those on the center-left, get a bigger slice of the pie and could end up with enough votes to form a coalition government, thanks to those who are dead-set against it.

It will be tougher for a party to enter the Knesset this year because the new threshold has been upped to 3.25 percent of the vote, meaning that a party needs approximately 125,000 votes to win representation.

In the last election, the threshold was only 2 percent, but Otzma still missed being elected.

Ben-Ari is known to support the Lehava anti-assimilation group, whose leader Bentzi Gupstein and nearly a dozen others were arrested this month.

Ben-Ari is a true ideologue. He compares Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog, both of whom are left-wingers in his opinion. He calls himself the real “right wing,” a label Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon claims for himself in his campaign to defeat Netanyahu as party chairman in elections next week.

As for taking votes away from the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) party and ending up with zero seats in the Knesset, Ben-Ari apparently has no answer. When asked by Channel 20, “Aren’t you afraid of wasting right-wing votes?” he simply blamed Yisrael Beitenu for raising the threshold, as if blaming someone else for the likely result justifies his being the reason.

Ben-Ari’s anger at right-wing politicians who compromise in order to stay in power is absolutely correct but also proves why he should not be in politics. There is an old expression, “Would you rather be right or be president?”

In his case, he would rather be right, in both senses of the word, a position that could help Herzog and his sidekick Tzipi Livni become the rotating prime ministers.

Rabbi Amsalem’s Am Shalem party, like Otzma, failed to enter the Knesset in the last elections, and he is not likely to fare better this time around.

That did not stop him from meeting with supporters this week to discuss tossing his kippa into the political ring again and splitting up the Sephardi religious vote that already is divided between Shas, headed by Aryeh Deri, and Eli Yishai’s new party.

And now for today’s poll released by Panels, rated as one of the most accurate election campaign polls.

Shas would not win enough votes to enter the Knesset, and Yishai would win only four, which is marginal, compared with nine Shas MKs in the Knesset that disbanded this month.

That means votes for Shas are wasted.

The poll was taken before Ben-Ari announced his intentions to run and it gave the Jewish Home a very impressive 18 seats in the Knesset.

The Otzma party could easily cut that down to 16.

Here is the lineup if elections were held today, according to Panels:

Labor-Livni – 24;

Likud – 24;

Jewish Home -18;

Arab parties – 13;

Lapid (Yesh Atid) – 11;

Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) – 7;

Yehadut HaTorah (Ashkenaz Haredi) – 7;

Meretz – 6;

Yisrael Beitenu – 6;

Eli Yishai – 4.

If Amsalem enters the race, he could take away enough seats away from Yishai to leave the three religious Sephardic parties with zero.

Update: Bayit Yehudi Finally Has the Education Ministry – and Turns it Down

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

UPDATE: In a very unexpected move, the Bayit Yehudi party has turned down the Ministry of Education portfolio, as well as the Welfare ministry. The party said it was inappropriate to take over these ministerial position for such a short period of time.


Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett is slated to take over the Education Ministry, and another party official will take over the Welfare Ministry, Yediot Acharonot reported Thursday.

Bayit Yehudi, or its predecessor, the Mafdal party, hasn’t held the Education Minister’s portfolio since 1999, when Meretz took it over. Historically, the Ministry of Education has always been considered the flagship ministry for the religious-Zionist party.

After 15 years in the desert, even 3 short months of water looks good.

Both Education and Welfare ministries were held by Yesh Atid Knesset Members, who quit after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired their party’s leader Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, prompting new elections.

Bennett, who is Minister of Economy, has not officially responded to Netanyahu’s offer, which also includes giving the Jewish Home party the Welfare ministry. It probably will beheaded by either MK Uri Orbach or Housing Minister Uri Ariel.

Yesterday, Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) received the Ministry of Health.

Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) has been approved to receive the position of Deputy Minister of Science and Information. Hotovely is already the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Road Safety.

Ofir Akunis received responsibility for Environmental Quality as a deputy minister.

Netanyahu appointed the lawyer Ofir Nimrod to oversea the Ministry of Finance.

New Poll: Shows Netanyahu Will Lead Next Gov’t with Haredim

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

A new pre-election poll issued on Monday leaves no option for the next government other than one headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with the help of Haredi parties.

Here is the lineup according to the “Panels” poll conducted the Knesset Channel :

Labor-Livni – 23

Likud – 21

Jewish Home – 16

Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid) – 11

Kulanu (Moshe Kahlon) – 9

Yisrael Beitenu – 7

Meretz – 7

Arab parties – 10

Yehadut HaTorah (Haredi) 7

Shas – 5

Eli Yishai – 4

The Labor party, headed by Yitzchak Herzog with his new sidekick Tzipi Livni, cannot form a majority the Haredi parties, which won’t happen unless it can convince two of four parties – Yair Lapid ,Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Lieberman and Meretz – to agree, which as likely as snow in July.

The center-right ring camp has less of a problem with the Haredi parties.

Adding up Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu and Kahlon comes up with the non-magical number of 55, six less than the majority that is needed to form the government.

The three Haredi parties are in the driver’s seat for the time being, and if the results in March will be similar to those of today, they will dictate the terms of the next coalition.

If that happens, Lapid and Livni will rue the day they worked against the coalition of which they were a part.

The polls are not meaningless and actually are a factor in how people will vote. If voters see that the next government will be under the thumb of Haredi partiers, they might start shifting their votes.

Supporters of Yesh Atid and Labor-Livni might shift a bit to Kahlon, possibly enough to give Netanyahu a majority of 61 without the Haredi parties.

Herzog, Livni and Lapid have a problem because there is not much they can take from other parties.

Is Jewish Home Big Enough to Accept Muslim Candidate for Knesset?

Monday, December 15th, 2014

An Israeli Arab from Akko (Acre) and who now lives on a kibbutz is campaigning to be a Jewish Home Knesset Member candidate because she “agrees with everything“ the party stands for.

“I support settlers. They are the true Jews,” Annette Khasikya said in an interview with Israel Radio Monday. She supports the concept of ”Greater Israel,” meaning all of Judea and Samaria as part of Israel, and dismisses the Oslo Accords and the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in 2005 as tragic mistakes that “invited terror.”

She also thinks that the Jewish Home party is the only one that will care for the “rights of Arabs and not those who want to harm the State of Israel.”

To top it off, her three children, including a daughter, are or were soldiers. One son was decorated for his fighting in the Protective Edge campaign against Hamas in Gaza last summer, and the other son is a Golani combat soldier.

A Muslim in the Jewish Home party sounds like a contradiction in terms, but the party’s title expresses the idea of all of Israel being a home for the Jewish People. It does not mean it is a party for Jews, just as the Torah specifically provides for “resident aliens,” known in Hebrew as “Ger Toshav,” and not to be confused with the “Righteous Gentile (Ger Tzedek).”

The Torah specifically states that non-Jews – there were no Muslims or Palestinians at the time, no matter how much the Palestinian Authority tries to proclaim Jesus as one of theirs – are to be respected and given rights in Israel if they keep up their part of the deal as resident aliens.

The must surrender idol worship, observe the Seven Commandments of the children of Noah, testify as such before a rabbinic court and not be circumcised, which could be a problem for most Muslim men.

The concept of a “resident alien” is rooted in the Torah, but there is a difference of opinion –  did you expect otherwise? – if it is applicable today.

That does not get the Jewish Home party off the hook.

Here is a woman, a former Likud party supporter, who is proud to be a Zionist and is not afraid to say so.

“The Jewish Home party is not extremist,” she says. “It is very Zionist; it loves the country and wants to preserve the country.”

She complains that she suffers from the stigma of Arabs being anti-Zionists and terrorists to the point that Jews do not want to rent a home to her daughter, but Khasikya rejects the idea of joining a left-wing or Arab party.

“I don’t need the left or the Arab Knesset Members,” she declared. “If they would represent me, I would not have to stand up today and declare I am a Muslim, a Zionist and that I love the country.

“Arab Knesset Members represent a different people. The left presents itself as if they worry about Arabs. None of them worry about Arabs; I worry about Arabs. I know what we need.”

Her agenda includes setting up a “Gadna” pre-army unit for Arab youth “so they can discover love for the country, the IDF and their Israeli identity.”

Khasikya may sound like a nut case, but her views actually are consistent not only with the Torah concept but also with the doctrine of the Druze, whose motto is to be faithful to the country in which they live. She represents the ideal non-Jewish Israeli citizen.

The first thought that might come to mind when speaking of an Arab MK is Hanin Zoabi, the fiery anti-Zionist who supports Hamas and was on the Mavi Mamara boat sponsored by IHH terrorists who tried to break the maritime embargo on Hamas-controlled Gaza four years ago.

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