Shas has announced it will support dissolution
By Ted Belman
Now that Shas has agreed to support the motion for dissolution the end is near. In anticipation of the coming election Pro Land of Israel Parties Planning to Run in a Unified List
The guiding principles of the combined parliamentary list,
“in one sentence, the Land of Israel for the People of Israel according to the Torah of Israel, along with involvement in matters of education, social welfare, etc.”
The parties currently renegotiating a unification agreement include the National Religious Party and the constituent member parties of the National Union: Moledet, Achi, and MK Ariel’s Tekumah faction.
When asked if the parties considering running together don’t fear a dilution of their drawing power among voters, Ariel replied that the analysis they have carried out thus far shows that only tiny groups on the extreme ends of the various factions may be put off by the alliance. The vast majority of voters who favor Israeli sovereignty over its homeland, he claimed, do want political unity.
Their intended platform of this land is our land forever is shared by the aspiring Hatikvah that prefers emphasize nationalism and identity over religion.
As for unity with the secular parties which promote Jewish sovereignty in Israel, MK Ariel dismissed the new and untested Hatikva party of MK Aryeh Eldad as representing “a few hundred people” and said, “We made a strategic decision several months ago that the new [unified] party will be open to secular traditionalists as well, who will then, of course, be represented among the Knesset members differently than today, as well as in all of the party institutions. We see this issue as a priority and not just for these elections. We are seeking to lead the nation and it is clear that in order to do so, we need a much larger public, many more voters, on a broader scale.”
Ariel said that the unified party would approach other existing parties, perhaps including Hatikva, and individual political leaders, such as MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud), to create “a large, expansive home party that will soon lead the State of Israel. Even if it doesn’t happen in the coming year, it is a process and something that one must aspire to, and, God willing, we will reach it soon.”
Notwithstanding that opinion Effie Eitam, the leader of Achi is talking with Arieh Eldad. Professor I Aumann has joined Achi
I’m all for a coalition to be formed of various parties united in their demand that Judea and Samaria belong to the Jews. All other issues are secondary.
I believe that such a platform when presented to the public without embarrassment, clearly and unequivocally, will move the country to embrace this position rather than the failed two state solution.
Likud and Netanyahu will follow the trend.
I am meeting with Arieh Eldad today at the Knesset. I’ll report what he has to say.