Tag: Likud

Yehuda Glick sworn in as MK

  Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 By: Jewish Press News Briefs Likud Knesset member Yehuda Glick was formally sworn in as a new lawmaker on Wednesday. Glick recited the Hebrew blessing “shehechiyanu” – which is said on special occasions and new…

Danon takes Netanyahu to court

By GIL HOFFMAN Deputy defense minister sues PM; asks judge to convene Likud convention of diplomatic process with Palestinians.       The Likud faced an internal battle at the Tel Aviv District Court Wednesday when the head of the Likud central…

Polls show US-Born Gimpel may be Knesset Member

Jeremy Gimpel
Courtesy Gimpel & Abramowitz campaign
Polls continue to show more strength for the combined Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home)-Ichud Leumi (National Union) slate, giving US-born Jeremy Gimpel a good chance to become a Knesset Member.
Gimpel, who along with Ari Abramowitz founded the LandofIsrael.com movement and hosts the Tuesday Night Live television show from Jerusalem, is number 14 on the party list, by which candidates join the Knesset according to proportional representation based on the number of votes the entire party receives compared to all votes.
Two polls three weeks ago gave the combined parties’ list 15 and 16 seats, which would easily put Gimpel over the top, but surveys since then have whittled the number of mandates down to 13.
However, a Dialogue poll published in Haaretz on Wednesday awards the Jewish Home-National Union party list 14 seats.
Gimpel responded to the last months’ optimistic polls by saying, “It looks like I have a very good chance at becoming the first American born MK in decades.” The last American-born MK was the late Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Moshe Feiglin leads hardliners’ rise on Likud’s Knesset slate, at expense of moderates

‘This is just the beginning,’ says Feiglin. ‘Eventually, we will build the temple and fulfill our purpose in this land’; veteran Begin could lose his seat, Meridor almost certainly will

By Raphael Ahren Members of the governing Likud party on Monday selected a strongly right-wing slate of candidates for the January 22 Knesset elections, elevating hardliners and relegating moderates.

The figurehead of the party’s far-right stream, Moshe Feiglin, won 15th slot, and thus is all-but guaranteed a Knesset seat after years of failure. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have various procedural and legal means to tinker with the final arrangement of the Knesset slate, but Feiglin’s high placement means it may not be possible for Netanyahu to sideline the hardliner as he has done in the past.

“If someone wanted to create the most right-wing Likud list possible, this would be it,” commented Channel 2 political analyst Rina Matsliah, when the results were announced late on Monday. “This looks like a list for the [far-right] National Union,” another commentator agreed.

PA’s creeping annexation of Jerusalem

by Gil Ronen

The Palestinian Authority is strengthening its grip on eastern Jerusalem, carrying out a policy of “creeping annexation” right under Israel’s nose, a prominent activist for Jerusalem has discovered.

Israel recently denied a PA request to formally celebrate the completion of renovation work on a school in eastern Jerusalem, at a cost of millions of shekels. PA “Prime Minister” Salam Fayyad was scheduled to attend the ceremony but after Israel shot down the idea, he had to change his plans and participate by phone instead.

However, it now turns out that the event in that school was just “a drop in the sea” as concerns the PA’s attempts to establish its presence in eastern Jerusalem.

Activist Aryeh King, head of the Public Complaints Bureau in Eastern Jerusalem, toured the streets of eastern Jerusalem and took photos of what he saw, which he then sent to Likud Knesset members

J Street, Likud & the Professor

No American Jewish organization has generated more headlines and controversy than J Street.

Since the Hebrew calendar year 5771 began no American Jewish organization has generated more headlines and controversy than J Street. The same can be said for its founder and executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami. J Street, the controversial Jewish pressure group that was created to lobby for a Palestinian state, made news both for its extremely expensive full page advertisement in The New York Times as well as for a report in The Washington Times that revealed that George Soros has been a major donor since 2008. This was after Ben-Ami repeatedly stated to the media that Soros was not involved with J Street.

The news generating more headlines inside Israel than any other was the resumption of Israel-Palestinian Authority negotiations and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to allow the settlement building freeze to expire. A move J Street sharply criticized.

What do J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami and Benjamin Netanyahu have in common besides generating headlines?

The fathers of both Netanyahu and Ben-Ami were active supporters of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and involved with the Irgun paramilitary organization.

The elder Ben-Ami (who died in 1985) and the elder Netanyahu (who celebrated his 100th birthday in Jerusalem last March) both Klausner wrote “The spirit of Bar Kochba calls to us – young Jews, be strong! Don’t give in to spiritual or physical lethargy, to compromise or defeatism. Don’t abandon your people to shame and degradation.” organized support for the Irgun in the U.S. in the 1940s. They served as part of a delegation of Zionists from the Jabotinsky movement that lobbied for a Jewish State and for the creation of an independent Jewish army to fight alongside the Allies against the Nazis. The men knew each other but worked primarily for different factions within the Irgun’s U.S. networks. Yitshaq Ben-Ami’s faction was later led by Hillel Kook (Peter Bergson) and Ben Hecht and included Ze’ev’s son Eri Jabotinsky

Jews should be allowed freer access to Temple Mount

Deputy parliament speaker says it is ‘distorted’ Israeli police makes it easier for Muslims to visit the holy compound than for Jews.

A senior lawmaker of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party on Tuesday visited a flashpoint religious site in Jerusalem revered by Jews and Muslims, a move that has sparked violence in the past.

Under armed police escort, Danny Danon, a deputy parliament speaker, toured the site of an ancient Jewish temple, a plaza home to the al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, and said he thought Jews should be permitted freer access there.