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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Elections 2009: Only ONE party opposes a 'Palestinian' state?

In an op-ed at YNet (of all places - YNet is probably the most leftist paper in Israel other than Haaretz), Yoel Meltzer writes that there is only one party that is 100% opposed to the creation of a 'Palestinian' state reichlet. And it's not the Likud.
Having said all this, and in light of the quickly approaching national elections, it is truly amazing to see that the confusion on the Right is once again rearing its all too familiar head. Although there are several political parties that define themselves as “national” or “right-wing” - Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, The Jewish Home, The National Union – only one of these parties says, in clear and straightforward terms, that it is 100% opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, in any shape or size, in any part of the Land of Israel.

This party, The National Union, speaks clearly and directly with a real Jewish soul without worrying about political correctness. Moreover, its message, which is correct from a security perspective, is correct from a Jewish perspective as well. On the other hand the Likud, including several of its key members who recently cried “we told you Gaza would turn into Hamastan”(while conveniently forgetting to mention that these same key members voted in favor of the disengagement!), speaks about a demilitarized Palestinian state with Israel controlling the border security.

Yisrael Beiteinu, although different than Likud, also supports a two-state solution and suggests the trading of large population blocs (for example, Umm Al-Fahm and the “triangle” would be transferred to the Palestinian Authority in return for Israel officially annexing some Jewish areas in Judea and Samaria.) Finally, there is The Jewish Home, which is basically a reincarnation of the increasingly parve and boring National Religious Party.
Read the whole thing. It reads like a campaign commercial, but he's not telling us anything about the Likud or Yisrael Beiteinu that I haven't told you already (and no - this is not an endorsement for National Union. I am still undecided).

The picture at the top is of National Union Chairman Yaakov Katz with Likud MK Yuval Steinitz and Binyamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem conference earlier today.

What I find amazing about this is that an idea that was barely discussed in polite company fifteen years ago has gotten to the point where it is claimed that there is only one party (out of 34!) in a Knesset election that opposes it. Are we all fools?


At 6:33 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

G-d forbid Israelis are are as suicidal as the Carthaginians. Thirty years ago, support for a Palestinian reichlet was confined only to the fever swamps of the anti-Zionist fringe in Israel. Today, support for a united Jewish homeland is the FRINGE proposition. And that's not a good omen for Israel's future. Something to think about as to where that would that lead if the Jews are foolish enough to give the enemy a base in the heart of their country - and no, it won't result in co-existence.

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Netanyahu is no better than Shimon Peres. He's Ariel Sharon lite, while Sharon was Netanyahu on steroids. Nothing good can come from his plans. Don't forget, he's the one who gave them Hebron and the weapons they have used against us in this latest "intifada" that Arafat started in 2000.

At 4:55 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ytba, no quarrel there. I don't trust Bibi not to give away the rest of the store. Which he will do unless he's accompanied by a set of strong brakes. Those on the Right and Center in Israel should vote for parties to the right of the Likud.


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