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Why I am Voting for Bayit Yehudi

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Naftali Bennett should not take my vote for granted. Until this week I’ve been wavering between voting Likud, Bayit Yehudi or Yachad (Otzma Yehudit).

I’m not happy with any of them, though some would say the definition of elections is voting for the candidate you least dislike.

Obviously, I wouldn’t vote Kulanu, whose members go from Left to very Left. Or Yisrael Beytenu, when Liberman can’t construct a simple statement of intent that doesn’t leave himself open to maneuvering and interpretation – that really turns me off.

There’s a certain logic to voting for the Likud. They’re the biggest party, they hold the reins, and they control the checkbook. Netanyahu is an amazing orator. And better a strong Likud in power than Labor.

There’s a lot of good people in the Likud. There’s Hotovely, Danon, Edelstein, Elkin, Kara… But there are some bad apples on that list too who I don’t want to see in the Knesset.

But as a party they lack a unified ideology other than security and pragmatism. They could easily swing left if they felt their security concerns were properly addressed, or had to be sacrificed for something they felt was equally important.

I also dislike what they did to Feiglin.

But most importantly, I’m concerned Netanyahu will try to form a unity government with the Left if he feels it’s in his best interest to do so.

I entertained the idea of voting for Yachad.

I like Eli Yishai. I think he has always been an excellent minister, and it will be good if he were a minister in the next government.

I’m not exactly blown away by anyone else on his list, though having Baruch Marzel there does at least give him strong right wing credentials. But I don’t actually know enough about Marzel’s positions on anything other than Hebron and the Settlements for me to be willing to give him my vote.

But Yachad has some serious downsides.

They may not pass the electoral threshold, and that’s not a risk I want to take with my vote.

And even if they do pass, there is a good chance that Netanyahu will simply leave them out of the coalition (or at least Marzel). In which case, we’ve already seen how powerless a rightwing party is when excluded from a supposedly rightwing coalition.

This leads me back to Naftali Bennett and Bayit Yehudi.

Bennett was great on security issues. Of that there’s no doubt. He was great representing us in the international media during the Gaza war. I believe he may one day be our Prime Minister, and he’ll probably be a good one.

He was also amazing on economic issues.

And while other parties were proposing solutions to the housing problem, Bayit Yehudi actually implemented solutions that worked.

But I’m was disappointed in his party’s performance last time around in another important area.

In the religious sphere, one of the most important things he could have done was get us a Religious-Zionist Chief Rabbi – and his party failed at that – spectacularly.

While they did manage to block Elazar Stern’s bad ideas on religion and state, Bayit Yehudi failed to implement some of the good ones too.

In fact, for a Religious-Zionist party, I feel they haven’t emphasized their religious side enough – and I believe that problem comes from the top.

Too many of the Bennett commercials are about attracting secular Jews – and I understand he wants to widen his voter base, but as a result, he’s ignoring his religious base, or taking it for granted. Choosing soccer player Eli Ohana was a symptom of that thinking.

I’m certainly not interested in Rabbis running the party (they should run for office if they want to be in politics), but I do want to know how Bayit Yehudi envisions the future of religion and state, and what their practical solutions are for dealing with the tough problems we face in those areas (agunot, the Chareidi monopolies, conversion, Kashrut, Shabbat, etc.) – and not just what solutions they plan to block.

I would have liked to have seen Eli Yishai as a member of Bayit Yehudi. True, he is Chareidi (or Sephardi Chareidi which is different), but I think he would have brought some much needed religious character back to the party.

But it comes down to this…

I don’t trust Likud to not freeze settlements or do something else leftwing. I don’t think Yachad will be influential enough to change anything if they do manage to get in, and that leaves Bayit Yehudi.

When Bayit Yehudi party members say that a large Bayit Yehudi party will have their hands on the steering wheel alongside Bibi making sure he doesn’t turn left, there is a straightforward undeniable logic to that.

So given the options at the voting booth, it seems the only option is Bayit Yehudi.

Naftali, please don’t make me regret my choice.

The Left has Learned Nothing from the Rabin Murder

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Left has learned nothing from the Rabin murder.

The media can stop this and calm the spirits.

Mr. Herzog – the writing is on the wall, and you can stop this and calm the spirits. You do not have the right to remain silent. When leftists, including members of your party, take part in violent events against my party, you may not remain silent.

Last night I arrived to a Bayit Yehudi campaign event in Haifa. My security detail would not let me enter the building. We argued for 30 minutes. My security team told me that there was danger to my life if I enter an event being held by my own party, because of radical leftist activists who had entered the hall.

When the event began, shouting and violence by the leftists began, and the security people asked to take me out of the hall. I refused, and soon afterwards refused for a second time.

Two days ago, leftist activists drew swastikas on a picture of me and they also gave me a Hitler mustache. After this incident it was decided to provide me with personal bodyguards. Earlier this week I was forbidden from entering an event at an academic institution in certain hours, ‘because there are Arabs at the same time and security-wise, you cannot be allowed into the event’.

That is not all. A Channel 10 journalist compared me to a fascist leader. A journalist in The Marker says that ‘I have the blood of five soldiers on my hands.’ In the Haaretz peace conference a few months ago, hundreds of leftists shouted ‘fascist’ and ‘murderer’ at me and force was even used against me. The organizers did not denounce the occurrence – after all, it was just Left violence against the Right.

We still haven’t mentioned Ayelet Shaked. Just the other day, someone wrote her before she was supposed to appear at a panel: ‘You had really better not come to the Gimnasia Harealit High School on Sunday – or I will carry out a Stalin-style purge against the Bayit Yehudi people’.

The violent leftists dress up as someone different each time. Sometimes they are activists for public housing, other times they are LBGT activists or organizations against the ‘occupation’. There is one small problem, these are political activists, and they include activists in Herzog’s Labor party.

All of their violent events are planned, documented, everything is written, and everything is saved.

I know, if a group of right wingers went to crash leftists’ events, and provoke violence there time after time, they probably would already be under administrative detention somewhere, and the media would probably be agitated.

I really can’t tell you that I have any expectations here.

Let me clear on this. I am a representative of the public.

Our public cares about this nation, opposes a Palestinian state and opposes releasing terrorists. I will not give up one centimeter of the Land of Israel.

This violence by leftists will not change my schedule by one inch. No one will silence us. No one.

Naftali Bennett Defends Bibi’s Speech to Congress about Iran [video]

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Israel’s Economy Minister and head of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party Naftali Bennett appeared on Fox News on Sunday. Bennet explained why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should and must speak before Congress about the lethal and global threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

Bennett rejected the idea that the letter sent by Iran’s Supreme Leader is anything more than “standard Iranian delay and deceit tactics.” He said that Iran’s very clear goal is to achieve a nuclear weapon and it is “playing around” with the West, as it has been doing for the past decade.

“Iran has already violated six consecutive United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” Bennett reminded the Fox News interviewer. He said the Iranian leaders are laughing at the Free World. “They’re progressing while we’re fiddling around,” Bennett said.

“A decade ago Iran was not allowed even one centrifuge,” but with the current deal “they will be permitted to have 6 – 7,000 centrifuges spinning,” Bennett warned.

In response to the interviewer’s query about what kind of deal should the world be seeking from Iran, Bennett said “Iran must dismantle its nuclear weapons program.”

Bennett also pointed out that there is no need for any centrifuges in order to have nuclear power. Canada, Spain, Switzerland and twenty other countries have nuclear power without centrifuges. The only reason Iran claims to need to have any centrifuges is in order for it to achieve nuclear weapons capability.

On his Facebook page Bennet wrote this about his Fox News appearance: “We won’t apologize for fighting for our existence.”

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.

 

bennet in video likud and bayuit yehudi

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.

 

Likud Runs 3rd behind Herzog-Livni and Jewish Home in Poll of Students

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The Herzog-Livni party, billed as the “Zionist Camp,” and the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party headed by Naftali Bennett would be the two largest parties in Israel if university and college students were voting, according to a poll published by Globes.

The Likud party came in a distant third place, winning only 16 of 120 Knesset seats in a poll of nearly 2,600 students.

The Herzog-Livni combo won 30 seats, and Bennett’s party was only four seats behind.

Bennett topped the list on the question of trust, while Herzog was favored when it comes to social issues, housing and future employment, which are of the utmost concern to students.

Herzog and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were even-Stephen in the poll that asked who is best suited to be Prime Minister.

Political leaders should pay serious attention to the results because they show that those who soon will be in the forefront of society are tired of slogans, talk and lack of change in a social and political system that is overweight, tired and self-fulfilling.

The lists of candidates of the Jewish Home party and the in the merged Labor-Livni party, even if it is called the “Zionist Camp,” are clearly left-wing and right-wing.

The Likud, under Netanyahu, has tried so hard to be so centrist that it has no clear direction.

Israel’s establishment launched the election campaign by trying to convince the public that Labor-Livni is not leftwing but is a centrist party.

The Labor party primaries killed that hoax with the election of bona fide leftists, including one who wants to divide Jerusalem, to spots that guarantee them a seat in the next Knesset.

Similar, voters in the Jewish Home party made it look like a resurrection of the old National Religious Party, except for the spectacular victory of secularist Ayelet Shaked.

Bennett can make the list a bit more secular but even stronger as a right-wing faction if he exercises his option of choosing a candidate for a top spot and nominates Dani Dayan, a spokesman for Judea and Samaria but not religious.

 

Shelly Yachimovich at Cinema City

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

A few days ago Cinema City in Jerusalem got into a little bit of trouble with Amir Peretz, after he found out that they had “Caveman” statue next to the popcorn concession that bore a striking resemblance to the politician, probably due to the binoculars.

The statue was taken down and replaced with a new statue.

We suspect this politician might have a better sense of humor about it.

But if they have to take this one down, my money is that they’ll do Naftali Bennett next. He definitely has a good sense of humor about these things.

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