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Monday, January 23, 2012

Don't boycott the primaries

This story makes no sense.

On Sunday, the government proposed a compromise which would see the residents of Migron voluntarily move elsewhere - to nearby land. YNet is reporting that as a result of the compromise proposal, Netanyahu's opponents on the Right within the Likud are calling for a boycott of next week's primaries. Huh?
Activists affiliated with the Likud party's rightist camp urged faction members to boycott the primaries in protest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intention to evacuate Migron outpost.

Netanyahu on Sunday called on the residents of the illegal West Bank outpost Migron to accept a compromise offer by which permanent structures would be relocated to State-owned land, while the evacuated land would be turned over to the Civil Administration.

However, members of the Likud party's National Headquarters expressed dissatisfaction with the compromise, claiming the prime minister was thwarting a vote on the "outpost bill" at the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs.

The bill is meant to regulate the status of outposts build on private Palestinian land that has not been claimed for four years.

"This is a blow to democracy, because there is a majority in the committee that supports the bill, and because the prime minister discriminatorily approved 60,000 illegal Bedouin homes in the Negev and hundreds of apartments for Arabs in Lod in his current term in office," the activists wrote in a petition.

"Unfortunately, Netanyahu has been acting in contradiction with the values of the Likud movement, while giving Ehud Barak a free hand in implementing policies against the Jews settling in their country. This is not the policies of the Likud and the national camp."

The petition stated that "in the current primaries, Netanyahu is an irrelevant candidate whose ideology we do not share. We, the heads of the Likud National Headquarters urge you to preserve the democracy within the faction and strengthen the values of the Likud, and not participate in this farce, whose results are known in advance."
I suspect there may have been a mistranslation here from Hebrew to English. Here's the poster in Hebrew.

That seems to say "don't vote for Netanyahu" and that makes a lot more sense to me than staying home. "Go vote and vote for Feiglin" strikes me as a much better response than staying home.

But if you read the whole thing, you will see that YNet is consistent (other than the poster) in saying that there actually has been a call to stay home next Tuesday.

Read the whole thing.

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At 10:23 AM, Blogger Yosef Hartuv said...

I also scratched my head, looked at the poster, and thought perhaps there was a translation error. But then again, a sector whose primary connection to exercising and evaluating its political strength, is evaluated by whether they are mentioned in the headlines,can find many ways to damage themselves, and everyone associated with them. Unbelievable!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, in the old days, as we voted back and forth among fairly reasonable parties, one could think of the dissatisfied not voting as just another vote characteristic. The parties are the same, they are too conservative, they are too religious, the candidate doesn't look as good on TV, blah blah blah. That's what people say from election to election as they don't vote. But at this point, anybody in the Western Civ countries who refuses to know what is going on and/or who sits out instead of placing an individual, legal vote in favor of Western Civ will be listed in the book of deatheating, slavery, and starvation. Because leaving the cheaters and marxist caliphate people to their devices will lead to that end. We've got to vote in legal droves so the cheat can't be achieved.


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