A Rising Star in Israeli Politics

Without a doubt, the most exciting political development in Israel in decades has been the sudden and unexpected brilliant success of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party of Naftali Bennett.  The shy and straight-talking Bennett, who built a highly-successful high-tech entrepreneurial career, started his political career by taking over the splinter that was left out of the MAFDAL-National Religious Party.  That moldy rump party would have been lucky to get enough votes for two Knesset seats before  Bennett.   Within weeks he became the voice of Israelis who think that the Likud is too double-faced, cowardly, and demagogic.

A poll released today by the prestigious Israeli Geocartographia company says that, if the elections were held today (they are less than 3 weeks away), Bennett and his party would get 18 Knesset seats out of 120, probably making it the second largest party in the Knesset after the Likud, possibly beating out the Labor Party for the second-place parliamentary position.

Bennett has successfully attracted a wide range of both religious and secularist Israelis, people who want a party with a clear anti-Oslo platform, one that does not mumble about “peace partners” and a possible Palestinian state “under the right circumstances,” one that says what it means and means what it says.   It is attractive to those who want to vote for a party consisting of people who could actually get jobs if they were not in the parliament, ruling out most of the Likud.

The only other unambiguously anti-Oslo party with such a clear message is trapped in fringe insignificance because it is headed by an open Kahanist.  And in Israel today, being an open Kahanist makes you a pariah and unelectable.   Bennett speaks his mind clearly and openly, doing so even when it led to a temporary stumble in a political pothole a few days ago.

Bennett has both the Left and the Likud foaming at the mouth in hysteria.  The Likud has been engaging in hysterical mudslinging at Bennett.  But so far, it is like that country-western song:  Every time they throw dirt at him, they lose a little ground.  Bennett has been soaring and the Likud-Lieberman coalition has been imploding in the polls as a result of the Likud mudfest, which has included “anonymous” attack ads against Bennett in the media.  The fascist Left is even more threatened by Bennett’s success, so of course it is pulling out all stops to try to slander and bury him.

Consider the attack on Bennett’s party recently by Yediot Ahronot, the large Israeli daily (it has actually fallen to second place behind the freebie Israel Hayom).  Yediot has been trying to out-Haaretz even Haaretz in behaving like a lapdog of the Left.  In any case, in a recent edition Yediot claims to expose the political extremism of the top 15 people on the party slate of Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi party.  It promises readers it has uncovered sleaze on every one of them and that they are a bunch of far-Right zealots and extremists.  In each case, they display the worst quote they could find from that person’s public political record to discredit that person.

And just what did they find?  Of the top 15 people, they only found a single quote for two of them that seemingly makes them look “extreme,” and even those two do not look extreme in the quote Yediot uncovers.  Of all the others, the best Yediot can do is to “prove” that a candidate from the party (Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, number 13 on slate and Orit Struck, number 10) holds extremist right-wing views by writing under his picture that he holds extremist right-wing views, with no illustrations or citations.  A few slate members have been active in anti-Oslo NGOs.  Some even (gasp!!) opposed the eviction of the Jews from the Gaza Strip, which we now know accomplished nothing other than turning Gaza into Hamastan and a rocket launch base.   One other candidate had headed the Bnei Akiva movement for religious Zionist youth and, while there, he had sanctioned some separate activities for boys and girls, proving how extremist he is in the view of Yediot.   The only actual quotes Yediot could uncover was one from Rabbi Eli Bar-Dahan (number 4 on the slate) saying that gay marriage would be a threat to Jewish survival, and another from Uri Ariel (number 2 on slate) opposing conscription of homosexuals into the army.

That’s it.  That is the worst that Yediot could uncover.  Even if you disagree with those last two statements, almost everything else you will read about what the people on the slate say and think will leave you with a buzz, a feeling of bliss.  Bennett himself this week came out unambiguously in favor of reining in the imperious anti-democratic Israeli Supreme Court, and also expressed criticism of the political bias and lack of pluralism in the media.   He is the only serious political leader in Israel daring to make such statements.   Haaretz meanwhile is trying to paint Bennett as anti-women.

The only political tumble Bennett has experienced to date may not have even been a real tumble.  He was being interviewed for TV by the arrogant far-leftist TV journalist Nissim Mishal, and at one point Bennett said that, if he were ever to be given an order while serving in the army to evict a Jewish family from its home because of the government’s political agenda, he would personally refuse to carry out that order.  He could have ducked the question, but chose to answer it candidly.  The Get-Bennett SWAT Team then had a field day.  He is justifying mutiny and lawlessness, screamed the very same Haaretz editors who have always supported leftist attempts to organize mutiny and insurrection in the army, praising those leftist campaigns as infinitely moral.  Others compared the “right-wing insurrection” of Bennett to the long track record of left-wing moonbats calling for insurrections among soldiers.

Now here is not the place for a detailed exploration of the moral issue of conscientious objection and refusal to carry out immoral orders given to soldiers.  I will just say that, in general, such things make me uncomfortable.  There are appropriate places for taking a moral stand and expressing political opinions, but politicizing the army is way out of bounds.  Having said that, I also note that Bennett just said that he personally would refuse the order and would then man up to any personal legal consequences from that refusal.  (He later retracted the whole statement, by the way.)  He did not call upon other soldiers to refuse to obey orders, something the Tenured Left does several times a day.  And his reluctance to carry out such an order was based on the fact that he is pro-Israel, while the leftists organizing mutiny do so because they are anti-Israel.

Ultimately, the incident did not harm Bennett’s campaign and may well have helped it.  He came across as a straight-shooter, a non-politician who does not mince words and is not afraid to answer honestly what he thinks, a Jimmy-Stewart Mister Smith headed for the Knesset Hill.  A pro career politician would have ducked the question in the interview and said something like “I would have to ponder the situation,” or “It would all depend” or “I did not have sex with that Lewinsky woman.”   Bennett’s shy candor is endearing and refreshing.

And if the trend continues, he could end up with 25 Knesset seats, maybe even out-polling Netanyahu and the Likud.

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  • larry

    True, Bennett seems like an honest, idealist and capable person to make a difference in the Israeli government. Let us hope that he wins big.

    • Ben Cohen

      Bennet is trading Israel's future for votes.

      • Demetrius M

        Why not explain that assertion?

        • Ben Cohen

          The two greatest threats to Israels survival, by far, are demographics and international isolation Bennett's plan is a recipe for demographic suicide and international isolation. Bennet's plan would eventually result in the loss of a Jewish majority within the state of Israel, and it would also cost Israel vital international support it needs to buy weapons and possibly confront Iran. I could write a book about the pathological stupidity of the Israeli right.

          Religious Zionists have a very different set of priorities, they place the land of Israel above the safety of the Jewish people who actually live there. They would rather condemn the entire population of Israel to Sharia law than give up an inch of their precious Judea and Samaria.

          • cjk

            If you can't see the writing on the wall (Israel is going to be isolated short of surrender), your blindness speaks volumes.
            Isn't it obvious to you that war is the future and securing forward territory is the best way to prepare.
            Of course you'll moralize on what an evil warmongerer people like me are, but in reality history has proven us right about 100% of the time.

          • Ben Cohen

            Israel cannot maintain a military without importing weapons, Israel can't feed itself without importing food. Because of Israel's small size it simply can't afford to alienate world opinion. Every single Israeli prime minister has had to operate within the limits set by world opinion. I don't think you understand how dangerous and violent the Arabs are.

          • cjk

            I don't think you understand how dangerous and violent everybody else is too. Germany?
            Russia? The Turks? Potentially everybody?

          • Ben Cohen

            If Israel were taken over by Muslims a lot of Jews would be killed outright, that you can be sure of. Either in rioting, show trials for "war crimes," or outright genocide. At best those who lived would be reduced to a state of dhimmitude, very, very, unpleasant. That is the future if Israel loses the demographic war, or if it loses an actual war because it can't purchase weapons from the U.S.

            People like Bennett need to take a look at what happened in Iraq after Saddam fell, Shia's and Sunni's butchered each other in the most appalling ways imaginable. They didn't just kill each other, they would torture people to death and then proudly display the mutilated corpses. The Jihadists are absolute barbarians with no moral code loyal only to other Jihadists. That is the situation you face.

          • cjk

            Actually your analysis falls far short of what the Mohammedans have in store for the Jews. Complete genocidal annihilation which I'm kinda surprised you don't know about.
            Every day the famous 'Day of judgement won't arrive' Hadith is preached in their schools (elementary ones too) , Mosques, and media.
            Don't know what I'm talking about? look it up. Start with Gharka Tree.

          • Ben Cohen

            This is why every sane person should want to minimize the number of Muslims inside their country.

          • ziontruth

            "This is why every sane person should want to minimize the number of Muslims inside their country."

            Correct. Which means Israel's option for long-term survival is mass expulsion of all Islamic colonists from the Land of Israel. But that wouldn't sit well with world opinion, would it? Therefore you see how heeding world opinion is at odds with the survival of the Jewish State.

          • ziontruth

            "Israel cannot maintain a military without importing weapons,"

            We can buy them, from anyone who'd sell, instead of getting them from the U.S. as faux-freebies with real strings attached.

            "Israel can't feed itself without importing food."

            False. Where did you get that idea? It sounds straight out of Arab propaganda.

            "Because of Israel's small size it simply can't afford to alienate world opinion."

            Because of Israel's small size, the only prospect for its long-term survival to ignore world opinion (Marxist suicide pact ideology really) completely.

          • stern

            There are serious doubts about the numbers you base your demographic predictions on. The Palestinians claim far higher population numbers than reality would suggest – and the Israeli birth rate is higher than theirs. So I wouldn't worry about the loss of a Jewish majority. Remember, Gaza will never be included in Israel, so their numbers don't count at all.

          • Ben Cohen

            Both Michael Oren, Avigdor Leiberman, and Ehud Barak have said Israel needs to be over 70% Jewish to be secure.

            As for the population numbers, even Bennet believes that roughly two million Arabs live on the West Bank, (Not including East Jerusalem). Even without annexing Gaza that puts Israel in a very precarious spot. When Iran get's the bomb a lot of people with money will high tail it, you can take that to the bank, unfortunately most of them will be Jews.

          • cjk

            No Jews will be leaving Israel in the long run. Look, look, look, damn it ! look! The whole world is getting more and more anti-Semetic by the year. The true colors of the Left even in the USA is starting to show.

          • Ben Cohen

            Okay CJK I'll play along. Israel annexes the west bank and east Jerusalem but not Gaza. Instantly Israel has 3.5 million Arab citizens, more than double the present number. Against 6 million Jews, with different birth rates that gap could vanish in an instant, (even without immigration).

            You are asking Israel to take a big, big risk, for very little pay off. Israel can maintain the present political situation as long as it likes, why jeopardize everything? What do you have to gain from outright annexation? If the Arabs won't accept Israel, than keep occupying them, it's as simple as that.

          • cjk

            Who says they're citizens? Citizens must swear allegiance and act in a manner supportive of the nations laws. Israel doesn't have to annex everything.
            The present political situation??? Are you serious? Do you understand exactly just what the present political situation actually is?
            The present political situation is a steady path to all out war preceded by further fiendish attacks upon any group that resists the continuing violent Islamization of the Middle East. I'm gonna guess you might figure out what that means.

          • Ben Cohen

            And if you don't give them citizenship you get embargoed and starve to death, or at the very least an arms embargo. Do you really think Israel can produce all of the weapons it needs, small country less than 10 million people. Even Bennett said you can't have two kinds of citizens.

          • cjk

            There will always be people ready to sell weapons.
            Who said anything about anybody starving anybody to death?
            Talk about putting words in someones mouth.
            So worried about an embargo. Try to stop being so FEARFUL and act according to whats in front of you in a just and courageous manner respecting what is right and eschewing what is evil. No, no, your type would rather crouch in bomb shelters in the shadow of rockets launched by genocidal fiends who deserve nothing but war.

          • Ben Cohen

            You don't understand the way the world works nowdays, the media gets to decide who the good guys and the bad guys are. In Kosovo the Serbs were defending themselves against terrorist/mafia thugs, and the media made them look like the bad guys.

            If the only way to protect yourself is to expel everyone from Gaza then do it, but prepared for a possible war with Nato.

          • cjk

            I understand very well about the despicable behavior of NATO as regards Kosovo and the Serbs.
            Me and you might not be as far apart as it first appears.
            I say better to act on principle and die fighting than accede to any of the unreasonable demands of blood-thirsty, genocidal fiends.
            These demands will not go away, but will increase whenever any leeway is given them.
            I believe they are ultimately intent on killing anyone who will not submit and bow down before their Satanic deity..
            Lord willing, I will die first.

          • ziontruth

            "Israel annexes the west bank and east Jerusalem but not Gaza. Instantly Israel has 3.5 million Arab citizens, more than double the present number."

            Amazing how leaving the variable of mass expulsion out of the equation constrains your thinking to Leftist geopolitical options.

          • Marek Mustiloti

            Right on spot Ben Cohen. One would have thought that Israelis would have registered the epic slap in the face Israel's Right Wing has just recieved from the US electorate, including a great majority of Jewish voters. The to date most aggressive intervention in a US election ended in compleat disaster and revealed that AIPAC and Likud may no longer lay claim having any sway whatsoever in US presidential elections. The end of an era.

            Figures like Bennett will only serve to futher alienate Israel from the US and the West. The occupation/settlement fiasko takes its inevitable course.

          • cjk

            Maybe the Jews should just get on their knees and beg ?
            I mean REALLY? How many times does history have to repeat itself for you people to wake up?

          • Ben Cohen

            Bibi is the perfect leader for Israel, tough AND realistic about what is possible.

          • ziontruth

            "One would have thought that Israelis would have registered the epic slap in the face Israel's Right Wing has just recieved from the US electorate,…"

            The voters of one country giving an epic slap to a political faction in another country? Does not compute.

            "The to date most aggressive intervention in a US election ended in compleat disaster and revealed that AIPAC and Likud may no longer lay claim having any sway whatsoever in US presidential elections."

            More like, they revealed that the claim of Likkud and AIPAC having any sway in American elections is as baseless as the claim that Jews caused the Black Death in the 14th century.

            "Figures like Bennett will only serve to futher alienate Israel from the US and the West."

            Figures like Hagel will only serve to alienate Israel from those who wish to appease the Islamic imperialist aggressors with gifts of Jewish land.

            "The occupation/settlement fiasko takes its inevitable course."

            It is not your right to tell the Jewish nation where it may or may not build within the Land of Israel, anti-Zionist scum!

          • Ben Cohen

            Except Bibi and Michael Oren seem to agree with my position that the best course of action is stability.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Steven understands, more than most, the fault-lines within Israel's political system, as well as within its civil society "elites". However, while living in a bubble can help one get through the day, reality often smacks them upside the head too.
    Much of the above explains Bennett's meteoric rise, as well as the following – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/01/presenting-a-

    Here too,adding to the dynamic, re the dysfunction of Israel's electoral system – http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/06/the_parado

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • WildJew

    S. Plaut wrote: "Bennett said that, if he were ever to be given an order while serving in the army to evict a Jewish family from its home (let us say from Gush Katif, Gaza) because of the government’s political agenda, he would personally refuse to carry out that order."

    Plaut comments: "I will just say that, in general, such things make me uncomfortable. There are appropriate places for taking a moral stand and expressing political opinions, but politicizing the army is way out of bounds."

    Why does that make you uncomfortable? He was asked a direct question. How is it politicizing the army any more than Israel's government has politicized the army? Didn't Ariel Sharon (Netanyahu supported disengagement at one point, no?) politicize the army when he sent (Netanyahu sends) the army / IDF to forcibly remove Jews from their homes?

    • Ben Cohen

      My attitude toward renegade settlers is the same as my attitude toward Timothy Treadwell, if you refuse to exercise common sense and get mauled by a grizzly bear or stabbed by terrorists that is your own damn fault! Everyone knows the west bank is dangerous, if you want to build a makeshift house on some mountain top surrounded by hostile arabs……well you deserve a darwin award to say the least.

      • cjk

        So following your thought patteren the whole damn state of Israel deserves what it gets for daring to exist where it does?

        • stern

          Brilliant reply (had to add that as a thumbs up wasn't enough.)

        • Ben Cohen

          Don't put words in my mouth. There's a difference between living in Israel, even in a big settlement, and living in an indefensible shack on a mountain. Most of the settlements Israel destroys are done for the safety of the settlers.

          • cjk

            Didn't put ANY words in your mouth, I merely extended your reasoning to it's logical conclusion.

          • Ben Cohen

            And extending your reasoning to it's logical conclusion every settler must have a platoon gaurding him at all times so he can walk anywhere in Judea and Samaria unmolested.

            Animal control keeps the bears in the park, and the park service tries to keep the people from feeding/interacting with the bears. Palestinians = Bears, Judea and Samaria = Yellow Stone, The Army is the park service, and the wall is Animal Control that keeps the bears (palestinians) in the park. No matter what the park service does some people will complain that their "freedom" is being encroached upon. "I pay my taxes and now you tell me I can't sit down in the bear cave and eat my lunch? I thought this was a free country man"

          • cjk

            No, extending my reasoning means that those who practice violence and bloodshed are destroyed by an iron hand of justice. After a while all the violators will be either dead or imprisoned.
            Bending and bowing before evil is absolutely disgusting and repulsive to a just and honest man, something the Left just can't ever seem to understand.

          • Drakken

            The only way you Israelis are going to have peace with the muslims is that your going to have to push the savages out of the west bank and Gaza and anytime they get aggressive is to slap the jihad out of them. What makes you folks think that you can go along to get along? History is filled with your corpses with that line of thinking and so called world opinion be damned!

          • cjk

            Unfortunately you're correct no matter how much we all wish it weren't true.

          • Ben Cohen

            Okay where are the Palestinians going to go? Realistically?

          • ziontruth

            "Okay where are the [Arab colonists] going to go? Realistically?"

            They can pick any of 20 Arab nation-states of their choice.

            The other Arabs won't let them in? Not our problem. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish nation alone.

          • Ben Cohen

            we shall see.

      • ziontruth

        "My attitude toward renegade settlers…"

        Which in truth is: All the Arab colonists squatting on the Land of Israel.

      • Indus Valley

        Whole of Israel is dangerous(not just the so called 'west bank') & surrounded by hostile Arabs….So do you call it when Israelis in the south pounded by missiles their own fault? The Arabs claim the whole of Israel. The favorite slogan of Israel's enemies, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free"…..Yet you come here taking a moral high ground & blaming the 'settlers'….I'm appalled…

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Almost always I have agreed with Dr. Plaut on his articles content. And about this one again I agree on that Mr. Bennett and his list of candidates provide a great menu change from the old and tired listisng of most other political parties massaged by the elites, foreign influences or religious figurines..
    Mr. Bennett works with a limited cash budget as opposed to the LIKUD NGO's filling Netanyahu coffers.
    Yet I disagree on the subject of the military risking being politicized by Jewish Home.
    The Israeli military, A and B, have been hoplessly politicized for decades, since at least Oslo.
    It is not any longer a peoples army but a service branch of people determined to harm Jewish people. And the rejection by soldiers of orders to harm civilians is a must.

    • Ben Cohen

      The Israeli army is evicting these people because it isn't safe for them to be there……Just like the stalinist park service tells people (including the late Timothy Treadwell) to stay 100 yards away from the grizzlies.

      • cjk

        And the UN is trying to do the same for the entire nation of Israel !

      • Raymond in DC

        And Jerusalem 10 years ago also wasn't especially "safe". Should they have left that city too? Few did. Instead, Israel's security forces dealt with the problem. I was in Israel in the 1970s when it was plenty safe to be across the "Green Line" because Israel's forces made sure it was. Today they don't.

      • Indus Valley

        Army is not for evicting people in their own land. its for protecting the people.

  • Ben Cohen

    Naftali Bennett will lead Israel to demographic suicide. He wants to annex 60% of the lang on the west bank while "only" absorbing 350,000 Arabs as citizens. He admits he has no plan for the other 40% of the west bank and 1,800,000 remaining Arabs. He says they will have some sort of non-state autonomy until a final solution can be arrived at. His plan will be the end of Israel as a Jewish state, and is indistinguishable from what "electronic intifada" wants.

    Anyone who votes for this guy needs their head examined.

    • Ahmed Tibi

      Anyone who follows Ben Cohen's path to Palestinian statehood and the tens of thousands of rockets on the Jews this will produce should have his head examined.

      How about the one-way bus ticket to Saudi Arabia solution to the "Palestinians"??

      • Ben Cohen

        1. I'm not talking about unilateral disengagement.

        2. There is a snowballs chance in hell that Israel expels 2 million palestinians from the West Bank, just stop it. Israel will have moon colonies before that happens.

        • cjk

          Not so, when people are forced into a corner, they tend to take extreme measures.

          • Ben Cohen

            Israel could barely handle evicting a few thousand settlers from Gaza, how on earth are they going to evict two million Palestinians from Judea and Samaria? Sticking your head on the sand won't change reality.

          • cjk

            READ MY ANSWER ABOVE.

          • Ben Cohen

            It would have to be pretty extreme, like full scale war with Egypt and Turkey…

          • cjk

            And do you really think that that war is avoidable??????!!!!!
            Surely no realistic, historically knowledgeable person is so naive?

          • Drakken

            When there is a will, there is always a way. When the muslim savages kill enough of you, you will do what is neccessary to survive or perish.

          • Ben Cohen

            In this regard the Palestinians military incompetence is their friend.

        • ziontruth

          "There is a snowballs chance in hell that Israel expels 2 million [Arab colonists] from [Judea and Samria]…"

          That probabilistic assessment holds true only under the assumption of a craven, world-opinion-heeding government. A leadership with nothing but the interests of the Jewish nation will change the whole game.

          • Ben Cohen

            Only two countries can afford to ignore world opinion, the U.S and Russia. I am sympathetic to Israel but the political reality is, the political reality. Look at Serbia, look at Rhodesia, look at South Africa, etc. etc. small countries that try and fight world opinion get smacked, hard. And by the way, the world was very, very, unfair to the serbs, just like it was to the Afrikaners, but it isn't about right and wrong.

          • ziontruth

            "Only two countries can afford to ignore world opinion, the U.S and Russia."

            If we can't ignore world opinion then we can fix it. All it takes is for the Jewish State leadership to threaten the worldwide media outlets—the makers of "world opinion"—with damage to their offices unless they turn around their reporting to favor Israel instead of her enemies.

            "Look at Serbia,…"

            The Serbs, victims of Islamic imperialist aggression on their soil, were unfortunate enough to lack the trump card against a misguided superpower sending an invading army to help their enemies: The threat of the Samson Option. The world powers today are well aware of what Israel has.

            "And by the way, the world was very, very, unfair to the serbs, just like it was to the Afrikaners, but it isn't about right and wrong."

            The pragmatic argument, the call to be smart instead of right. I once used to think that way, but I now realize that, in today's world, especially in the Middle East, if you're not right (if you don't comport yourself as if you believe in the rightness of your position), then you're not smart either. Decades of the Israeli Jewish leaderships attempts to downplay the Jewish State's rightful claim in favor of pragmatic compromises have result in nothing but a wholesale downgrade of Israel's position.

          • Ben Cohen

            Well I still think Bibi and Michael Oren have the right idea, but I'm a heckuva lot less sure than I was before talking to you guys.

          • The Inverse

            Israel cannot afford to consider world opinion about anything

      • cjk

        Stop making sense and start laying on your back you ultra-right warmongerer !

    • H.S. Fairplay

      Check your figures: Area C has nowhere near 350,000 Arabs, as you state. The figure, from what I understand, and as appears in another article today on "Frontpage" about Bennett and the Jewish Home, is some 55,000.

      Put on you mathematics cap! If there are 350,000 Arabs in Area C, and Area C is home to about 4 percent of the Arab population in the West Bank, the total number of Arabs in the West Bank is 8,750,000. Wow!

      By the way, Israel could handle the inclusion of the 55,000 Area C Arabs.

      But whether annexation is a good or bad idea is an open question. In any event, it won't occur any time soon, if ever. In the meantime, there will be a lot of loose and sloppy talk, such as the claim there are 350,000 Arabs in the West Bank.

    • H.S. Fairplay

      Check your figures: Area C has nowhere near 350,000 Arabs, as you state. The figure, from what I understand, and as appears in another article today on "Frontpage" about Bennett and the Jewish Home, is some 55,000.

      Put on you mathematics cap! If there are 350,000 Arabs in Area C, and Area C is home to about 4 percent of the Arab population in the West Bank, the total number of Arabs in the West Bank is 8,750,000. Wow!

      By the way, Israel could handle the inclusion of the 55,000 Area C Arabs.

      But whether annexation is a good or bad idea is an open question. In any event, it won't occur any time soon, if ever. In the meantime, there will be a lot of loose and sloppy talk, such as the claim there are 350,000 Arabs in the West Bank.

  • Asher

    Not altogether sure yet of Bennett's true intentions, but Israel should beware of anyone who attempts to give up any more land, or divide Jerusalem, there will be serious consequences, not just from man but from God!

    • Ben Cohen

      But I thought flamboyant homosexuals were what provoked God's wrath? Now you tell me dividing Jerusalem will also provoke him, for a perfect, all knowing, all powerful being God sure does have some idiosyncratic priorities!

      • cjk

        What? You find it odd that both homosexuality AND dividing Jerusalem could be against God's will?
        How dare God act bewildering to someone of your stature!

  • stern

    "Ben Cohen" sounds an awful lot like some previous, now vanished posters. Schlomotion in particular. I wonder ….

    • Ben Cohen

      No. You are the one who hates Israel.

      • stern

        Huh?

        • Ben Cohen

          Let's just say we have a different idea of what the best way to protect Israel is. I side with Michael Oren and Bibi that the best thing to do is just to stabilize the situation.

          • stern

            I say again – "Huh?" How, exactly, is your response relevant to my observation that you are schlomotion in a very poor disguise>

          • Ben Cohen

            You're an idiot. I'm posting under my real name and have never posted under any other.

          • mlcblog

            We are rid of slowmotion? cool! This happened by not responding to him/it.

  • Rostislav

    I am a Russian, who visits Israel frequently. Both me and all my Jewish friends from the USSR (mainly living in Samaria now) are absolutely sure that voting for a honest and patriotic candidate like Mr. Bennett would be a decent thing. Alas, there is one very big BUT, as usual, in any Israeli election. It is the swamp of after-election coalitions and compromises, in which any good programs may easily drown without a trace… Anyway, remembering the good inspiring name of the Israeli anthem, we do believe that this spring it will bring real hope to the land which was torn and tortured by the Left utopias for too long. Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

    • ziontruth

      "Anyway, remembering the good inspiring name of the Israeli anthem, we do believe that this spring it will bring real hope to the land which was torn and tortured by the Left utopias for too long. Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia."

      HaShem bless you, Rostislav. I'm often critical of Russia's leaders, just as of my own (Israel's), but I've been with the Russian people ever since their schoolchildren fell victim to the Nazi-like atrocity of Beslan.

  • ziontruth

    Plaut wrote: "And in Israel today, being an open Kahanist makes you a pariah and unelectable."

    Unelectable, yes, but not a pariah. What happened in 1988 is that Yitzchak Shamir shamefully collaborated with the Left in outlawing Kahanism as a party. The ideology, however, has only seen steady upsurging ever since the October 2000 Intifada.

    Feiglin's great mistake, I think, was his attempt to change the Likkud from within, to push Bibi to be truly right-wing. It's now clear the Likkud does a right-talk but with just a little pressure from the outside (Obama says jump) Bibi walks a left-wing walk (asks how high). He caved in on Ulpana, citing the kangaroo court of international "law" in the Hague as a motive; and he stopped the Gaza offensive two months ago before achieving permanent quiet for the pre-1967 environs of Gaza, caving to Hillary's pressure.

    • Underzog

      When Rabbi Meir Kahane zt"l was alive, Shamir's Likud was afraid of Kahane's Kach party taking seats away from Likud because Rabbi Kahane was so popular. The Kach party was banned in an undemocratic and sleazy fashion. The only thing scary about Rav Kahane is how often he is right!

  • jodiechristianherot

    uptil I looked at the paycheck of $4180, I didn't believe that…my… cousin woz truley bringing in money in their spare time from there computar.. there best friend haz done this less than 16 months and just now repayed the dept on there appartment and bought audi. we looked here, ……….. http://www.youtube.com.bit40.ℂom/watch?v=QZEpDq

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  • Ghostwriter

    Well,Rostislav,there are also Russian Jews in America as well. They've been here for a while now. On your next visit to America,why don't you try to find them? It's be interesting to see.

    • Rostislav

      I've been to the USA several times, Sir, but after the latest sad transformations of TSA (along with denigrating fingerprinting for visas in the US consulates here) my natural fastidiousness has become larger than my love to the Land of the Free, so I've said to myself: Never again! I had to repeat the same words, addressing the email contacts with my Jewish correspondents there (this time mainly in California) after all of them had started to explain thrillingly to me Obama's brilliance. Nothing in common with my Israeli friends, that is! But, for the truth's sake, I must say that not a single of my former US Jewish correspondents had a terrible school of life under Communism behind them: all of them were of early XX century descent from the East Europe or Russian Empire. Respectfully – Rostislav.

      • Ghostwriter

        It's a shame you won't be coming back here,Rostislav. You sound like a very guy to me at least.

  • Ron Singer

    Bennett is demonstrating the first bud of leadership since Levi Eshkol approving the 6 Days War. Bravo !!!