Israeli elections update

The Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel have built a close association with the Yesh Atid Party in Israel. They are a secular zionist and liberal party which reflects our own party’s philosophy and ideology. They’ve announced a unified list for the elections with Former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz’s new party Israel Resilience and with Moshe Yaalon, a former defence minister, under the name the Blue and White Party.

Yesh Atid announced:

“Out of a sense of deep national responsibility – Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya’alon decided on the creation of a unified list which will serve as Israel’s new party of government. The party will put forward a new leadership team which will guarantee the security of Israel and will reunite the divided elements of Israeli society.

They have agreed upon a rotation for the position of Prime Minister with Benny Gantz serving first and Yair Lapid replacing him after two and a half years. Out of a sense of the significance of this moment and out of national duty, former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi has joined the new party.”

In the same way that the tectonic plates are shifting in the UK currently here’s hoping this news will mean the same for Israeli politics and herald a new direction and leadership for Israel.

At the same time on the right of Israeli politics, Likud is reserving a place on its list for the Jewish home Party, Habayit Hayehudi, a pro-settler party, on condition that it forms a separate joint list with the Jewish Power faction. Jewish Power is a successor to Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Kach Party which was made illegal and declared an illegal terrorist organisation by Israel, the US and many other Western countries. Netanyhu’s move has been widely condemned. In an editorial Haaretz said: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lust for power knows no limits” while the Zionist Federation in the UK said: “Mr Netanyahu must know that joining with the wrong or unpopular bed-mate might ultimately be the cause of his downfall.”

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