Jan 18, 2013

Your Scary Israeli Candidates

On Tuesday, 22 January, Israel will hold elections to determine the leadership of its next government. The current governing coalition, often referred to as the most right-wing government in Israeli history, is likely to remain in power but for one catch: it will be even more right-wing.

More than ever before, the next Israeli government will be unequivocally supportive of settlements and opposed to a sovereign and independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. It will also include an openly annexationist caucus that calls for the annexation of part if not all of the West Bank.

We’ve written before about the outsized impact settlers have in voting. But now consider this, over 20 members of the next Knesset, or 17 percent,  will be residents of illegal settlements, even though settlers make up about 7 percent of the voting population. It’s also worth noting anytime we think of Israeli elections, for those less familiar with the issue, that the government of Israel rules over about 11 million people, half of which are either second-class citizens (Palestinian citizens of Israel) or totally disenfranchised with no right to vote for the government that rules them (Palestinians in the WBG).

So what are the parties? Who are the candidates? What do they stand for? Well, we’ve compiled the names of the candidates on the lists of the parties on the Israeli right who will likely be in the next Israeli governing coalition as well as highlights from party platforms to give you an idea where they stand on issues relating to Palestinians. We’ve also included quotes straight from the candidates on issues relating to Palestinians or the future of the state. Keep in mind each party puts forward a list of candidates which can include dozens of names (the Likud-Beiteinu list has 120), but according to the polls Likud-Beiteinu is likely to win around 33 seats, The Jewish Home about 14, Shas 10, and United Torah Judaism about 5. Thus we’ve listed the candidates from each of these parties that are likely to win seats. Believe it or not, some of these characters are, well, obscure. This is especially true the further down the lists you go to candidates that have had less public experience. We’ve done our best to help introduce them do you though so, without further ado here are your scary Israeli candidates.…


Likud Yisrael Beitenu

This coalition of parties bases its platform on strengthening existing peace agreements with Arab states as long as they continue their efforts to counter terrorism; sees a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood as a violation of Israeli agreements; will strengthen, develop and protect Jewish settlements as an asset in defense of Israel's vital interests; wishes to limit "incitement against Israel" in Palestinian media and public institutions; rejects a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River, emphasizing that the Jordan Valley shall be under Israeli sovereignty; sees Gaza and the West Bank as two separate entities and will act to prevent current passage of people and goods between them; believes that anyone applying for Israeli citizenship must be obligated to declare loyalty to the Jewish State of Israel; and will work to ban political parties or organizations whose words/actions constitute incitement against Israel as a Jewish and Zionist state. (Source)

1. Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister)

On the right of Palestinian refugees displaced in 1948 to return:
"Everybody knows it's not going to happen. And I think it's time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly it's not going to happen." (Source)

 2. Avigdor Lieberman (Former Foreign Minister)

On Palestinian citizens of Israel:
"Any future agreement with the Palestinians must address the matter of Israeli Arabs in the formula of territory and population exchanges... Any other arrangement is simply collective suicide. This has to be clear and I think it is time to say these things out loud." (Source)

3. Gideon Sa’ar (Education Minister)

On illegal settlements:
“Our connection to Ariel [in the West bank] is at least as strong as the UK’s connection to the Falkland Islands... I do not accept the British condemnation... The true impediment to peace is the Palestinians’ incitement and pro-terrorism education.” (Source)

4. Yair Shamir

On Palestinian political prisoners:
“It makes no difference whether [the Palestinian prisoners] are labeled murderers ‘with blood on their hands’ or ‘without blood on their hands’ - they are murderers and will now certainly make an attempt to kill Jews.” (Source)

5. Gilad Menashe Erdan (Environmental Protection Minister)

On annexation of the West Bank:  
“Israel should announce the annexation of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.” (Source)

6. Silvan Shalom (Deputy Prime Minister)

On the Israeli decision not to place continue the settlement freeze for negotiations:
“If the Palestinians leave the talks, it will be clear that it is just an excuse.” (Source)

7. Uzi Landau (National Infrastructure Minister)

On Palestinian identity:
"There's never been a Palestinian nation. There's never been a Palestinian state, no Palestinian language, no Palestinian special culture, which is no different than the Arab culture, but the Arabs have made that a political issue." (Source)

8. Yisrael Katz (Minister of Transportation)

On the Israeli Operation Pillar of Cloud on Gaza:
"The tear of one Jewish child is too much, even if it means that all Gazans must be evacuated to the Sinai desert." (Source)

9. Danny Danon (Deputy Speaker of the Knesset)

On the illegal Israeli settlements:
"The long-term vision is to apply Jewish sovereignty over the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, and I am proud of it.” (Source)

10. Sofa Landver (Minister of Immigrant Absorption)

On non-Jewish immigrants:
“The gap between Ethiopian immigrants and the rest of the citizens is years apart – but the State of Israel is doing everything to absorb them in the best possible way – be grateful for what you received.” (Source)

11. Reuven Rivlin (Knesset Speaker)

On Palestinians:
“I would prefer for the Palestinians to be citizens of this country rather than divide the land... When people say that the demographic threat necessitates a separation, my reply is that the lesser danger, the lesser evil, is a single state in which there are equal rights for all citizens.” (Source)

12. Moshe Ya'alon (Minister of Strategic Affairs)

On the Gaza blockade:
"A society that produces Qassam [rockets] instead of strawberries has no future." (Source)

13. Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Minister of Public Security)

On construction of the illegal E1 settlements:
“Whoever breaks an agreement must be aware that there may be repercussions. There is a national consensus on a unified Jerusalem and on the settlement blocs.” (Source)

14. Ze'ev Elkin (Chairman of coalition)

On the annexation of the West Bank:
“We will try to apply sovereignty over as much as we can at any given moment.” (Source)

15. Tzipi Hotovely (MK)

On a Palestinian state and the annexation of the West Bank:
“We don’t need to give up an inch of our promised land.” (Source)

16. Orly Levy-Abekasis (Deputy Speaker of the Knesset)

On Israeli Arabs:
"I think some of the population is not loyal to the Israeli flag." (Source)

17. Yariv Gideon Levin  (MK)

On illegal settlements and annexation of the West Bank:
“In this way, we will try, slowly but surely, to expand the circle of settlements, and to afterwards extend the roads that lead to them, and so forth. At the end of this process, the facts on the ground will be that whatever remains [of the West Bank] will be merely marginal appendages...We fully agree and are completely united behind the prime minister’s position, which is to strengthen our foothold in the Land of Israel, to build in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.” (Source)

18. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein (Minister of Propaganda and Diaspora)

On the Palestinian people and Arabs in general:
“As long as the Arab nation continues to be a deplorable nation, which continues investing in infrastructure for terrorism, education to hate, and welfare for the families of shaheeds (martyrs), there will be no peace.” (Source)

19. Faina Kirschenbaum (Secretary General)

On Israeli Arabs:
"Arabs in Israel want equal rights, but do not contribute to the state. To receive equal rights they must contribute to the country like every other citizen and do three years of [military or civilian] service in their communities... They do not pay taxes, more or less, and receive large funds from the government. They pay 400 million shekels in taxes but receive at least 11 billion shekels in government-provided benefits." (Source)

20. Haim Katz (MK)

On the illegal Israeli settlements:
“We will not tolerate the destruction of the settlements in Israel.” (Source)

21. Miriam “Miri” Regev (MK)

On Israel’s demographics:  
“The infiltrators are a cancer in the nation's body.”(Source)
"The infiltration phenomenon is a phenomenon that we must put boundaries to, we must handle, because it both constitutes a demographic threat on Israel and also constitutes a violation of the personal safety of our citizens.” (Source)

22. David Rotem (MK)

On the law banning remembering the Nakba:
“When we are at war against a harsh enemy, we will legislate laws that will prevent him from hurting us.” (Source)

23. Moshe Feiglin (Jewish Leadership Faction Leader)

On Palestinians:
“You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic.” (Source)

24. Yuval Steinitz (Minister of Finance)

On allowing Palestinian citizens of Israel to unite with marriage partners from the West Bank:
“It's not a humanitarian case — or not only humanitarian — but a deliberate strategy by the Palestinian Authority to change the demographic balance in Israel in order to destroy us.” (Source)

25. Robert Ilatov (MK)

On illegal settlements:
“We will continue to settle the land and the Americans will have to understand that.” (Source)

26. Tzachi Hanegbi (MK)

On the meaning of a visit to Migron, an Israeli settlement outpost:
It is “a clear statement of my opposition to the uprooting of outposts in Yesha [a Hebrew acronym for the West Bank and Gaza].” (Source)

27. Limor Livnat (Minister of Culture and Sport)

On moving settlers from Gaza to the West Bank:
“We must take advantage of the exceptional situation that has presented itself to strengthen the settlement blocs.” (Source)

28. Hamad Amar (MK)

On Israeli Arabs:
“While Arab Members of Knesset are recklessly supporting and encouraging some of the most brutal regimes and terrorist organizations in the world, their local constituency is ignored.” (Source)

29. Ofir Akunis (MK)

On Gazans:
“The Palestinians are proving once again that there is no choice other than broad military action in Gaza. We must do what it takes to restore the deterrence on the streets of Gaza and bring the quiet back to southern Israel's communities.” (Source)

30. Gila Gamliel (Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Youth, Students and Women)

On Palestinian refugees:
“The second type of refugee is the type invented by UNRWA. According to this artificial definition, those who UNRWA calls by the misleading name ‘Palestinian refugees’, are people who lived in Israel from June 1946 to May 1948 and lost their homes or livelihoods as a result of Israeli -Arab conflict. The UNRWA refugee definition applies also to the spouses of those ‘refugees’ and their descendants so that instead of their number being reduced over the years, it has grown from about 700 thousand in the 1950s to about 50 million today.” (Source)
31. Shimon Ohayon

32. Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee)

On assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai:
"If my passport could help in the assassination of Mabhouh, I would be willing to give it to you. I would be willing to give you my regular passport as well as my diplomatic passport... I would be very sorry if the State of Israel did not carry out this mitzvah [blessing]."  (Source)

33. Alex Miller (MK)

On annexation:
“I think we should apply Israeli law completely in Judea and Samaria [parts of the West Bank].” (Source)


Jewish Home/National Union

This coalition of parties bases its platform on strengthening the Jewish nature of the State of Israel, fighting those who wish to transform Israel into 'a state of its citizens,' while claiming to still uphold the rights of Israel's minorities; desires to annex Area C and leave Areas A and B and Gaza under IDF control; will work towards complete separation between the West Bank and Gaza; will promote the settlement of all parts of the country, including the Golan Heights, making it a national priority; will work to incorporate Arab citizens in who recognize the Jewish State of Israel; and will enforce law and order in the Negev and Galilee to tackle Bedouin construction of homes while strengthening Jewish settlement construction in those regions. (Source)

1. Naftali Bennett

On the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea:
"There is not going to be a Palestinian state within the tiny land of Israel... It's just not going to happen. A Palestinian state would be a disaster for the next 200 years." (Source)

2. Uri Ariel (MK)

On the Levy Report which would effectively annex the West Bank:
“One of the most worthy and just reports ever penned.” (Source)

3. Nissan Slomiansky (MK)

On the prospect of a new city for Arab citizens of Israel in the Galilee:
“It's outrageous that while the government freezes the construction in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem, and fails to approve any additional Jewish community, the interior minister approves the establishment of an Arab city in the north. Then we hear claims about the Arabs being discriminated against and about the Galilee having no Jews. This is an irrational move and it should never have been approved." (Source)

4. Eli Ben Dahan

On the problem posed by the Palestinians to Zionism:
“This [referencing the biblical story of Joshua] must be our clear red line, the recognition that there can be no foreign rule in Eretz Yisrael.” (Source)

5. Ayelet Shaked (Former Netanyahu Aide)

On Palestinians:
“If they want to realize their national rights, they should do so in Jordan." (Source)

6. Uri Orbach (MK)

On Israeli police preventing access to al-Haram al-Sharif:
“If the police believe the slogan, 'The Temple Mount is in our hands,' is incitement, then we need to change the police, not the slogan.” (Source)

7. Zevulun Kalpa

On being a settler forced to leave Gaza:
“It’s true that the situation is awful, but there are many things that are bigger than me that I can’t yet understand. I look at what it was like decades ago, when we had no country at all, and from that reference point I look toward the future. We will once again rise from our shattered lives and make the desert bloom. It will be a different desert, but it’s all Eretz Yisrael.” (Source)

8. Avi Wortzman

On not pursuing a cease-fire in Operation Pillar of Cloud:
“We’ve reached a point where we can’t take it anymore. Sderot has been hit for 12 years.” (Source)

9. Moti Yogev (Bnei Akiva Head)

On the non-existent Israeli settlement freeze:
"[When the freeze ends,] we won't seek publicity, we'll just work on building. What we want is to build as much as possible." (Source)

10. Orit Struck

On settler violence and human rights organizations:
"From an in-depth analysis of the event we have concluded that the video is an edited fabrication by B'tselem... We advise the public to stop 'eating the lokshen' [Yiddish for 'believing the lies'] that B'tselem serves up and to treat their videos with great suspicion.” (Source)
 She is also the mother and vocal defender of Zvi Struck, an Israeli settler convicted of abducting a Palestinian child, beating him and leaving him tied, naked, in a field. (Source)

11. Yoni Chetboun

12. Shuli Moalem

13. Rabbi Hillel Horovitz

On illegal settlements in the West Bank:
“Our objective is to bring holiness and purity into Hebron and the rest of [Judea and Samaria].” (Source)

14. Jeremy Gimpel

On destroying the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem:
“Imagine today if the Golden Dome was blown up and we laid the cornerstone of the temple in Jerusalem. Can you imagine? You wouldn't be here in America, you'd be in Israel!” (Source)

15. Nachi Eyal

On Israeli Arabs and the ‘demographic threat:’
“The Legal Forum has been working to promote religious Zionism in areas of Israel that have been taken over by Israeli Arabs, such as in Jaffa, Acco, and Hadar in Haifa... We have also encouraged Jews not to put up "for sale" signs in these areas in order to dissuade Arabs from buying up these properties, many of which have been sold for above the value price... We are mapping Israel's land resources, investigating illegal Arab building sites and filing suits against such building with the Supreme Court and other relevant government agencies.” (Source)



This party bases its platform on strengthening settlements by engaging in city development and agriculture. Shas supports the development of all parts of the Land of Israel: Judea and Samaria, the development of the Negev and the Galilee. Shas promotes the continued development of settlements in Judea and Samaria. Jerusalem is not a subject for bargaining or partition. (Source)

1. Eliyahu Yishai (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs)

On Operation Pillar of Cloud into Gaza:
“The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.” (Source)  

2. Aryeh Deri (Former Interior Minister)

On the peace process:
“The rabbi [Yosef] believes we should not pursue a final-status agreement. He is in favor of pursuing longterm interim agreements as long as they do not endanger Israelis. That would be the best. Then we can get to see how they turn out. The advantage of long-term interim agreements is that they can be stopped and changed if they don’t work.” (Source)

3. Ariel Atias (Minister of Housing and Construction)

On illegal settlement construction:
"Doing everything to be ready with plans for tenders the day the [settlement] freeze ends... We are moving forward with our plans to ensure an available supply of apartments to market at the end of the freeze." (Source)

4. Yitzhak Cohen (Deputy Minister of Finance)

On providing electricity to the citizens of Gaza:
“As long as Sderot is burning we must suffocate the infrastructures in Gaza until all those who fire Qassams will put down their weapons in broad daylight... Apparently in Gaza they do not understand warnings. Only a complete power cut will bring results." (Source)

5. Meshulam Nahari (Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance)

On release of Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit:
Israel should consider releasing Jewish terrorists who carried out attacks on Palestinians. (Source)

6. Amnon Cohen (MK)

On non-Jewish immigrants:
"The law does not enable keeping [migrants] in custody for more than 60 days, but a longer time is needed due to the difficulty in deporting them. This creates an incentive for more migrants to come to Israel.” (Source

7. Yakov Margi (Religious Services Minister)

On Israeli Arabs:
"Reality has shown an increasing involvement of Palestinian residents of the area, who used the legal status in Israel that was granted to them following the union of families process, to engage in terror activity, and have even helped carry out suicide attacks.” (Source

8. David Azoulay (MK)

 On disenfranchising Palestinians in cities:
“As a member of the Knesset of Israel, I feel committed to the city of my patriarchs, Hebron—to its building, development, and preservation as Jewish city of cardinal importance.” (Source)

9. Yitzhak Vaknin (MK)

 On peace talks with Palestinians:
"Whoever reads the Geneva Accord will understand that the right wing should grab it. It preserves almost all the areas we have today in Judea and Samaria. Geneva speaks clearly that 75 percent of the territories, and I have read the entire agreement, and I ask you, this thing is not good for the right wing? Its the best. After all, if there is a peace agreement and and a land swap,  and demilitarization,  I'm telling you that this worth it for our country, our children, for the peace we all want... It is our duty to do everything even if we have to give up some of the territories, and I tell you, I would sign the Geneva Accord today with both hands, in order to move forward. Because it actually gives a solution that the settlers and those who live in Judea and Samaria, which I really appreciate, would agree to.” (Source)
10. Nissim Ze’ev (MK)

On Palestinian peace talks:
"We need to say that we are prepared to negotiate even if we know the negotiations will collapse.” (Source)

United Torah Judaism

This party is an alliance of ultra-Orthodox factions who aim to represent their communities in government and promote traditional Jewish values. The party looks to its spiritual leaders for guidance on security, economic, and social policies and is strongly opposed to separation of religion and state, drafting Orthodox students into the military, and any change to the nation's Sabbath laws. The party favors financial aid to the ultra-Orthodox community, including economic benefits for large families. (Source)

1. Yaakov Litzman (Deputy Health Minister)

On illegal settlements:
"This is all politics. There is no other reason to delay the approval [of 560 units].” (Source)

2. Moshe Gafni (MK)

On being in Israel/Palestine:

"The Torah is the justification for our existence here. Otherwise, what are we doing here on Arab land? After all, the Hashomer Hatzair kibbutzim are also located on Arab land, not just the settlements in the territories. We are all occupiers. Our only right to be here is that God Almighty handed out countries, and gave us this small piece of land to safeguard the Torah. (Source)

3. Meir Porush (MK)

On the news of Palestinian rejection of partial temporary settlement freeze:
“Those who are familiar with the Arab mentality and their wheeling and dealing could have known.” (Source)

4. Uri Maklev (MK)

On illegal settlements:
“Since the state did not claim the Arab is not the owner of the property, and the person holding the land does not claim it belongs to him, if so, to take the land from the Arab is forbidden. How can you make a law to take land from someone? This is a case of talyuhu vezavin (forcing someone to sell his property),which is forbidden. It is a chillul Hashem to make a law to take something that belongs to someone else.” (Source)

5. Menachem Eliezer Moses (Deputy Minister of Education)

On illegal settlements:
"Thousands of young couples are living in converted storage rooms, garages, parking lots and even garbage bin rooms because they have no other choice... But the Americans won't let us [build].” (Source)

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