Friday, January 30, 2015

Together - The Nation is With Us

That is a pretty long name for a political party. I must say that I am pleased that this party is up and running together with "Otzmat Yisrael". What does the list look like?
The combined Yachad-Otzma Yehudit list is headed by Eli Yishai, followed by Chetboun, and Michael Ayish, a haredi (ultra-Orthodox) political activist from Safed. In fourth spot is Marzel, while Sasson Trebalsi, a close associate of Mazuz, is at number five. The sixth spot will be taken by national-religious Rabbi Amital Bareli, and seventh by haredi candidate Dudi Shomenfeld.
They just may get my vote.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Eli Ohana Resigns From the Jewish Home Party List!

According to the Srugim web site, soccer legend Eli Ohana has resigned from the Jewish Home list. Ohana wrote to Bennett that he did not expect the controversy that his candidacy would cause.

This is good news for the Jewish Home Party, in that it shows that the rabbis and the regular rank and file still have the ability to influence what happens in the party.

I hope that Bennett learned that although he is the leader, the Jewish Home is not a one man show, and that he still has to take counsel with others before making decisions.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Latest Jewish Home List (and Why I Do Not Plan to Vote for It)

This is the Jewish Home List after Naftali Bennett's latest acquisistions(the people I choosed in the primaries are in bold):
1. Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home chairman)
2. Uri Ariel (Tekuma chairman)
3. Ayelet Shaked
4. Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan
5. Nissan Slomiansky
6. Yinon Magal
7. Uri Orbach
8. Motti Yogev
9. Bezalel Smotrich
10. Shuli Muallem-Refaeli
11. Eli Ohana
12. Nir Orbach
13. Avi Wortzman
14. Dr. Anat Roth
15. Orit Struk
16. Rabbi Avichai Rontzky
17. Ronen Shoval
18. Zevulun Kalfa
19. Avichai Boaron
20. Moshe Salomon
Sorry, but after reading up a little bit about Eli Ohana, it is clear to me that he is not fit to be an MK. I will not elaborate on this. Suffice it to say that this "pick" by Bennett is an insult to all party members. And if Bennett's idea was to add more "mizrahi" Jews to the list, he could have moved Avichai Boaron up to a realistic spot. Perhaps Bennett wants to strengthen Eli Yishai's party.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Worst Pallywood Ever!

This lady is a pretty rotten actor. But my real complaint is with the journalists who are partners to this fraud:
In the latest incident of “Pallywood”, an elderly Arab woman who was evacuated by IDF troops from a business in Hevron for security reasons, put on a show for extreme leftists who filmed the eviction.

The business was evacuated after a firebomb was thrown from it at the homes of Jews in Hevron. The local Arabs, who knew when the troops would arrive to evacuate the business, invited leftist activists and journalists to document the evacuation.

In the video, the elderly woman is seen weeping as her daughter instructs her how to “cry” in front of the cameras. However, as the woman begins to cry, the daughter is seen moving aside and smiling towards the journalists and photographers.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jewish Home Party Primaries Results

Updated: Here are the results according to (my choices are in bold):
1. Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home chairman)
2. Uri Ariel (Tekuma chairman)
3. Ayelet Shaked
4. Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan
5. Nissan Slomiansky
6. Yinon Magal
7. Uri Orbach
8. Motti Yogev
9. Bezalel Smotrich
10. Shuli Muallem-Refaeli
11. Avi Wortzman
12. Nir Orbach
13. Rabbi Avichai Rontzky
14. Orit Struk
15. Yehudit Shilat
16. Ronen Shoval
17. Avichai Boaron
18. Zevulun Kalfa
19. Moshe Salomon
20. Danny Dayan
I am happy to say that all my choices made it into the top twenty, with the top six having a realistic chance of being elected according to the polls.

It is interesting to note that in the primaries themselves, barring the elections for the party chairman, the top vote getter was Ayelet Shaked, a secular woman from Tel Aviv. Rabbi Ben-Dahan, who came in second place, could have made it into the list in one of Tekuma's reserved spots. Both candidates were rewarded by the voters for their outstanding work: Shaked in the Knessett and Ben-Dahan in the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Monday, January 12, 2015

How to Vote in the Primaries

The Jewish Home party produced a film explaining how to vote in the primaries:

Now that Tekuma has chosen it's candidates the list looks like this:

1) The Party Chariman (99.99% chance that this will be Naftali Bennett)
2) Reserved for Tekuma (Uri Ariel)
3) Reserved (party chairman's pick)
4) Reserved for a female representative
6) Reserved (party chairman's pick)
8) Reserved for a female representative
9) Reserved for Tekuma (Bezalel Smotrich)
10) To be chosen by members of the party's Central Committee
11) Reserved (party chairman's pick)
12) Reserved for a female representative
13) OPEN
14) I am not sure about this: either reserved for Tekuma (Orit Struk) or OPEN
15) I am not sure about this: either reserved for Tekuma (Orit Struk) or OPEN
16) Reserved (party chairman's pick)
17) Reserved for a female representative
18) Reserved for Tekuma (Zevulun Kalfa)
19) OPEN
20) OPEN

I've also revised my choices for the primaries (The top three get two points, the remainder one point):

1) Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan
2) Moti Yogev
3) Avichai Boaron

4) Avi Wortzman
5) Nissan Slomiansky
6) Rabbi Avichai Ronski
7) Moshe Salomon

Should France's Jews Make Aliyah?

Many are asking in the wake of the murder of four Jews by a Muslim terrorist in the Hyper Cacher store in Paris, "Should France's Jews make Aliyah? Should they leave their homes, livelihoods and all that is familiar to them to start anew in their true homeland, the land of Israel?

Of course they should! Just as I wrote a long time ago:

I believe that living in Israel is one of the positive precepts of the Torah, and as such I believe that every Jew should make his home here.
I also wrote,
Even one who makes aliyah while single has to do it with the knowledge that Eretz Yisrael, along with Torah and Olam Habah is one of the things that is acquired al yedei yisurim. While I strongly encourage aliyah, it has to be done wisely. A person should know what he is getting into and be prepared for the challenges that face him.
Now that the ground is burning under their feet, they should get on the first El Al flight before they get burned, God forbid! Israël est la patrie de tous les Juifs!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Moshe Feiglin in a Truly Fascinating Interview

The Likud lost a visionary:

My Picks For the Jewish Home Primaries

I cannot say that I know enough about all of the candidates to claim that I can really make an informed choice. With my limited knowledge, these are my choices, in the meantime.

You only get to pics seven candidates. The top three get two points, and the remaining four get one point each. Here is my list:

1) Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan
2) Moti Yogev
3) Nissan Slomiansky

4) Avi Wortzman
5) Avichai Boaron
6) Rabbi Avichai Ronski
7) Moshe Salomon

My choice for chairman is Naftali Bennett.

I have favored current Knesset members, who have already gone through the Knesset "boot camp" and know how to do the job. I have also left out some worthy candidates who are popular and are going to get elected anyway, as well as people who will receive "reserved" spots.

It will be interesting to see how many of my picks receive a realistic spot on the list.

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