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Failed Right Wing Party’s Solution to Israel’s Woes: Another Party

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Former National Union Michael Ben-Ari, who teamed up with colleague Aryeh Eldad to run in the Otzma (Power) party and come out with zero seats in the Knesset, announced Sunday he is forming a new party – the one that will really solve all of Israel’s problems.

After he and Eldad split off from the merged National Union-Jewish Home election list, citing it as too soft on the Arabs, Ben-Ari is politically divorcing Eldad.

Both former MKs are characters in their own right, Ben-Ari is an ordained rabbi and holds a doctorate degree, and the secular Eldad, a professor,  is recognized as one of the foremost medical doctors in Israel.  Both men share nationalist ideas.

Eldad and pulled off several great stunts as Knesset members, such as marching with an Israeli flag in  Umm-el-Fahm, the head of the northern branch of the radical Muslim and anti-Zionist Islamic Movement.

Their most brilliant act was to highlight the plague of the infiltration of Africans into the country by buying paying the entrance fee for dozens of Sudanese to splash in a upper middle-class area  swimming pool in northern Tel Aviv.

The locals were enraged and accused Eldad and Ben-Ari of incitement, but the MKs got their point across to all of the limousine liberals who could care less about illegal immigrants so long as they are in someone else’s territory.

Although they provided lots of color to the Knesset, remaining  on the fringe of the fringe, apparently there is no room in the same room for super-egos.

Israelis suffered from more than 30 political parties in the last elections, and Ben-Ari apparently thinks he is so charismatic that he can duplicate Tzipi Livni with a party that is modeled after himself and can attract clones as running mates, such as his partner Itamar Gen-Gvir.

“Today, more than ever, the voice of the rightwing, the true voice of our path, will be heard in all of the country. The fight is for the identity and existence of a Jewish state,” according to his plea. Nothing more and nothing less – Ben-Ari and only Ben-Ari represents the real Jews.

“I call on all of you to join a new political movement, one that works to fulfill the vision of returning the Jews to their land” against internal and external enemies.

An associate of Ben-Ari, Hila Gorani, told the Jewish Press that is not fair to declare Otzma a failure because they actually won two seats in the Knesset but were a lacking a few thousands votes to cross the minimum number of votes needed for entry into the legislature.

She also explained that Otzma was formed because Ben-Ari and Eldad could not agree to be a part of the Jewish Home agenda due to party chairman Naftali Bennett’s acceptance of  the Palestinian Authority in parts of Israel.

Gorani said Ben-Ari is working without Eldad because they do not have the same focus. Eldad has declared on numerous occasions that the Palestinians have a state of their own – Jordan. Ben-Ari has focused on the idea of granting Arabs the status of “residents” of Israel with the obligation to observe  and respect Israel and Jewish laws, similar to the concept of “ger toshav” in the Bible.

Of course, Ben-Ari’s agenda may be exactly what should be – in the World to Come.

For all those interested, he will launch his new party with a bash on Wednesday in Petach Tikvah, adjacent to Tel Aviv.

Every journalist in Israel should wish Ben-Ari great success because he will provide lots of good headlines.

Please being $13 dollars with you, but $7 is enough if you are under 18.

Bad Boy

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

National religious Israeli voters like yours truly have three choices this coming Tuesday:

Vote for Likud-Beitenu and strengthen the hand of Benjamin Netanyahu, whose party list includes at least six national-religious candidates in realistic spots. The polls are giving them between 32 and 38 seats.

Vote for Jewish Home, so that it would be large enough for Netanyahu to be forced to include it in his coalition government and necessarily stick to pro-settlement, anti-Palestinian state policies. The polls are giving them between 12 and 16 seats.

Or vote for Power for Israel, a small party made up of vehement lovers of the land of Israel and the Jewish nation, and which has been teetering between 3 and 4 seats and the prospect of not passing the blocking percentage at all.

Power for Israel has captured the much disdained corner of Israel’s political map once occupied by “right wing extremists” from Rabbi Meir Kahane to Rehavam Zeevi (both of whom were assassinated by Arabs), to rabbi Benny Alon and Benny Begin, who are considered more moderate (and are very much alive, thank God).

But in the process of taking on the mantle of ultimate right wingers, the two co-leaders of Power for Israel, MKs Michael Ben Ari and Aryeh Eldad have done a lot to make being right wing extremists sound cool and very much in.

Like the time they challenged Tel-Aviv’s wealthy liberals, who support letting illegal workers from Africa stay in the country—as long as they hang around the poor neighborhoods in south Tel Aviv: Ben Ari and Eldad got 50 Sudanese illegals together, bought them bathing suits, and took them into the prestigious Gordon swimming pool off of Dizengoff. The wealthy north-Tel Avivians were irate, they decried the “provocation,” and Power for Israel scored a great point.


Or their latest campaign, “No Duties, No Rights,” which demands—in signs written in Arabic—that Israel’s Arabs start paying taxes, obey traffic laws, submit formal requests for home extensions, and declare their loyalty to the Jewish state. Both leaders taped a video in Arabic stating all these points. The campaign was accused of racism, but the point was made, loud and clear.

I’ve been enamoured with political circuses since 1968, when legendary street theater performers like Daniel Cohn-Bendit (Danny the Red) and Abbey Hoffman used humor and pathos to defeat state systems. The fact that Danny and Abbey were on the left and Michael and Aryeh are on the right is trivial. They’re all good Jews, as far as I’m concerned, teaching the world that a little sense of humor and political conviction can defeat lines of cops in riot gear, and even, on occasion, tanks.

I shudder at the thought that the Palestinians might some day develop a sense of humor. But then I remember Hanan Ashrawi and I know we’re safe for a while.

Still, looking at MK Aryeh Eldad, the last thing that comes to mind is a radical provocateur. His co-chairman, Ben Ari, looks the part, with the salt and pepper hair and beard, the burning, dark eyes and the big mouth, full of teeth. Eldad, in comparison, looks like someone you’d ask to do your taxes.

He comes from radical stock, though. His father, the late Israel Eldad, was a leader in the Lechi underground (the Stern gang, as the British named it). Incidentally, a disproportionate number of today’s leaders in Israel are children of Stern gang members: Tzipi Livni, Yair Shamir, Dan Meridor, Tzahi Hanegbi. Surprisingly, many of them are center-left, if not altogether leftists.

I ask him if, as an ex general (he was chief of the IDF medical corps), and a famous plastic surgeon, he’s not setting foot in political water that’s too murky for someone of his stature.

“You say murky water,” Eldad responds with a glint in his eye, “but my engagement in medicine has taught me that in order to heal one must come in contact with the most repulsive things you can imagine: birthing, draining abscesses. I don’t have the privilege to be spoiled.”

A story that made the rounds a few years ago has Dr. Eldad, then chief of the Hadassah Medical Center Dept. of Plastic Surgery, taking care, free of charge, of a teenage girl from Gaza, who was honor-burned by her family. The girl would come in frequently for follow-up visits. One time she was caught on her way to his Jerusalem clinic, wearing a suicide vest. It turned out that her family told her they would forgive her romantic transgressions if she blew up the doctor who healed her.

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