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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.”

 

 

Elections Committee Narrowly Votes to Ban Marzel’s Candidacy

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Elections Committee voted 17-16 on Thursday to ban right-wing activist Baruch Marzel from running for the Knesset as a candidate of the new Yachad party, headed by Eli Yishai.

Marzel was labeled a racist, but the narrow margin to toss him out of the elections contrasted with the 27-6 vote earlier in the day to ban Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi from seeking re-election.

The United Arab List will appeal to the Supreme Court to overthrow the committee decision against Zoabi, and Marzel also is likely to appeal.

It will be surprising if the court does not overturn the committee decision. Once the committee has the authority to decide who is a terrorist and who is a racist, the Knesset might as well close down.

There have been grounds for jailing Zoabi for her anti-Israeli activities, but no one has had the political courage to do so.

Marzel is an easier target because right-wing extremists usually see the other side of prison before left-wing extremists. Marzel previously has been handed a suspended 12-month jail sentence.

He has reportedly called on the IDF to target left-wing Uri Avnery, who would have fallen off the left side of Planet Earth long ago if it were flat. Peace Now chairman Yariv Oppenheimer last year filed a complaint with police against Marzel for alleged death threats by Marzel’s followers.

Regarding homosexuals, he has said Israel should conduct a “holy war” against them.

Yachad has placed Marzel on the fourth spot in its list of candidates, guaranteeing him a seat in the Knesset if the party passes the minimum number of votes required for party representation.

The party jumped in the polls the past week. After having been on the borderline of entering the Knesset, surveys now indicate Yachad will win five seats, and one new poll released on Thursday rates it with six seats.

After the Election Committee decision, Marzel said, “The left-wing is gagging mouths. It has been proven that my positions are not racist. We are not afraid and will continue to act for the Land and People of Israeli and the Torah.”

He sounds like the national religious version of some Haredi MKs who know they speak for God, and his candidacy in the Yachad party  was blessed by several national religious rabbis pulling the strings behind the scenes.

If the leftists want “anyone but Bibi,” a select group of rabbis want “anyone but Naftali Bennett, who broke the taboo of the old-guard National Religious Party and brought secular nationalists into his new Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party.

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.

 

Channel 1 Poll Shows Likud Leaping Ahead

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

A new poll by Israel Channel 1, shows the Likud leaping ahead of the other parties, and Yachad still passing the electoral threshold:

Likud (Netanyahu): 27

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 23

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 11

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 8

Kulanu (Kachlon): 7

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Shas (Deri): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 4

LEFT: Labor (23) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (11) + Meretz (5) = 51

RIGHT: Likud (27) + Bayit Yehudi (11) + Kulanu (7) + UTJ (8) + Shas (6) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4) = 69

 

Aryeh Deri of Shas said his party would not join a leftwing government, and preferred to join a national unity government led by the right.

Some voices in Yesh Atid are hinting they would not join a Herzog/Livni led government as it is too left, but no official position has been put forward.

Eli Yishai’s Yachad party continues to pass the electoral threshold.

Haaretz Poll Puts Bibi On Top, Yishai Finally In Too

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

A new poll by Haaretz-Dialog, to be published on Tuesday, has the following results:

Likud (Netanyahu): 25

Labor (Herzog / Livni): 23

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 14

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 9

Kulanu (Kachlon): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 8

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Shas (Deri): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Yishai): 4 In terms of Right vs. Left coalitions building, we have the following possibility:

LEFT: Labor (23) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (9) + Shas (6) + Meretz (5) = 55

RIGHT: Likud (25) + Bayit Yehudi (14) + Kulanu (8) + UTJ (8) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4) = 65

UTJ is unlikely to sit in a leftwing coalition, and Yisrael Beyteynu finally said they wouldn’t.

Kulanu is unlikely too, but it can’t be ruled out.

Yesh Atid would consider joining the right if it meant not sitting in the opposition.

 

Lieberman Crushes Labor Coalition Illusion

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman has announced he will sit only with a center-right coalition, virtually blowing apart the illusion promoted by the Labor-Livni party and establishment  media that it can for a coalition government

Lieberman, who has become Israel’s most widely-known if not bizarre chameleon, previously has not ruled out sitting with a coalition headed by new Labor party, which merged with the party headed by Tzipi Livni and renamed itself the “Zionist Camp.”

All pre-election polls since the start of the campaign have shown that the party, co-headed by Yitzchak Herzog and Livni, has no chance of forming a coalition without the support of Yisrael Beiteinu, based on the false assumption that Lieberman would sit with the Haredi parties.

The concept is totally ridiculous, but even that hallucination came undone with Lieberman’s announcement Sunday that “Yisrael Beiteinu never will be part of a leftist government.”

Two weeks ago, he rejected sitting with a coalition that included the left-wing Meretz party, but he finally has realized that he is not the only one who understands that many of the Herzog-Livni candidates would be very comfortable in the Mertz party.

If  the Labor-Livni slate of candidates had been a bit more normal and without the inclusion of potential Knesset Members who unabashedly favor a Palestinian Authority country based on all of its demands, perhaps Lieberman would have held his breath.

One of Labor’s top candidates for the Knesset is Stav Shaffir, who wants to get rid of HaTikvah as Israel’s national anthem because it is too Jewish for Arabs to love.

Another star in the Herzog-Livni camp is Merav Michaeli who has stated that no one should serve in the IDF because of the “occupation.”

Labor Party candidate Zuhair Bahloul maintains that his “Palestinian identity is stronger than [his] Israeli one.”

Lieberman’s party is down to four or five seats in polls, still enough for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to want to make part of the next government if the Likud takes charge after the elections in March.

Election Registration is Over

Friday, January 30th, 2015

That’s it. If you didn’t register your party by now, you’re not running for the upcoming Knesset elections.

26 parties registered to run. It’s estimated that 9 or 10 will get in.

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