FULL DISCLOSURE: over a decade ago – specifically, in the summer of 2008 – when this expert in Islamic Jihad immigrated to Israel, a cadre of well-placed and highly-connected Israeli opinion makers stated (in paraphrase form): if we (who know her well) could encourage the inestimable Caroline Glick to join the electoral fray, would you consider bringing your talents into “the process?” Hmm.
LO and behold, two years later, in April 2010, we were introduced at a privately-held security conference in Jerusalem – which was, incidentally, coordinated by these hands. Be that as it may, as it happened, when it came time to shake hands, Caroline stated (again, in paraphrase form): I know who you are, and so does my mother. We love your writing! Sweet.
BUT while going down memory lane is certainly a welcome distraction (from that which is contributing to the west’s decline, namely, the red-green alliance), know that this is inconsequential, especially, when considering the grave matters at hand, that is, who will steer Israel’s helm at this VERY highly critical juncture.
STIPULATED, Israel’s security situation is always on a trip-wire. After all, only the comatose and severely mentally challenged are unaware of said reality within the jungle-like Middle East. Even so, the urgent question remains: why is it that under the long-time leadership of so-called right-wing “Bibi” a/k/a “Mr. Security” (from 2009 to date), the looming dangers have steadily increased, instead of being tamped down? Rhetorical.
YES, he campaigns from the right, but, make no mistake, he governs from the left. The following is more than an evidentiary (recent) trail of this incendiary charge: “PM Netanyahu’s Appeasement of Hamas = Increased Terror Attacks = Dead/Maimed Jews. Why Won’t He Change Course?” Read it. Study it. Pay it forward.
THAT being established, a large segment of the majority Jewish public (secular and religious) is, to one degree or another, imbued with Zionist ethos – of which right-wing, nationalist sentiment runs deep and to the core. By extrapolation, coddling terrorists is an absolute NO-NO! Ipso facto, the last straw for many Likud voters was “Bibi’s” (latest) appeasement of Hamas’s terror masters, to a degree unprecedented in Israeli politics! Read: $ 15 million in pay-offs. Blood money. But even within centrist circles, trust, this craven appeasement was a bridge too far. Ya’ think?? Not only that, it is dangerous to underestimate the Zionist public’s underlying betrayal, regardless of “Bibi’s” jive-talk and that of his craven mouthpieces. Never mind the feeling(s) of humiliation….beyond frustration and the pale too.
IN this regard, over the years, it is among the aforementioned public that a volcano of outrage has been bubbling. So much so, it became necessary to document its trajectory. Guess when? On the cusp of the last election, March 17, 2015 – that’s when! In fact, some may recall the following mainstream interview, in so far that it circled the internet like a house on fire: “Can Israel Survive As The Jewish State? – An Interview With Adina Kutnicki ” Imagine that.
AS night follows day, here we go again, but this time there is an added twist – and some real “hope for change.” Indeed, the seemingly invincible “King Bibi” has, for the first time, the challenge of his political life from the most formidable trio of authentic and proven right-wingers via the newly formed party, Hayemin Hehadash, the New Right! Yippee, the real “Lions/Lionesses of Zion!”
ENTER, the new party’s Chairman, Naftali Bennett. His bonafides not only surpass the highest bar in the security arena, but his business acumen is stellar alike. His political career is no less accomplished. In other words, from day one, he has the chops to lead the nation from a security-wise, economic-wise, and education-wise perspective. Not too shabby. See here.
AS to his right-hand partner, the party’s second in command, well, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has kept her promises in her capacity as the nation’s top Justice enforcer – despite all of the obstacles (actually, well-laid traps) put in her path by the leftist/Arabist-bent AG’s office! Indeed, she is an intellectual and formidable force to be reckoned with – but don’t be distracted by her foxy-looking physical exterior. As is known, looks are deceiving. Lesson learned: don’t mess with Ayelet!
AND rounding out this “take-no-prisoners” trio is, none other than, the immeasurable Caroline Glick – a multi-talented powerhouse who needs little introduction to this site’s readership.
Longtime Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick is running on Hayemin Hehadash’s list in the April elections, she announced on Wednesday.
“Caroline is a relentless Zionist fighter,” party co-chairman Naftali Bennett said. “With her, we are building today the dream team of the Israeli Right in order to expand the right-wing block – so that Israel can be triumphant again.”
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, the party’s other leader, called Glick “a courageous fighter symbolizing the real, pure, conservative Right. She will be a great addition to the Knesset from our side.”
Glick expressed excitement in joining Hayemin Hehadash, and would “join forces with people entirely committed to Zionism and love of Israel.
“Together we will work to protect Israel, to increase its security and to enact truly right-wing policies,” Glick stated. “This is an emotional day for me. I call on all those whose hearts beat with a Zionist spirit, secular and religious, to join us. This is your home.”
Bennett and Shaked founded Hayemin Hehadash this week, breaking off from Bayit Yehudi. The party is meant to be solidly right-wing, with a mix of religious, secular and traditional candidates.
Glick has been a columnist for the Post since 2002, and in recent years began writing for Maariv and American far-right website Breitbart.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered Glick to be one of his appointees to the Likud list in 2015, but decided against it because, Likud sources say, she harshly criticized him in some of her columns.
Meretz came out against Glick, saying “Hayemin Hehadash [the New Right] proved that it is the same old, inciting Right. She who leads wild incitement on social media and on every other stage joins he who tried to destroy secularism and she who tried to destroy the judiciary.”
Also on Wednesday, the National Union, a party that ran with Bayit Yehudi in the last Knesset, began a negative campaign against Bennett and Shaked. The party called the ministers’ political maneuver a “dangerous turn” that divided religious Zionists and the Right “for petty politics and personal promotion.”
The party released a video with the announcement to introduce Glick to the Israeli public.
BY the bye, pay no mind to the sour grapes emanating from National Union. As NU honchos know, religious Zionists are fed up too with the faux right-wing blowhards.
STILL yet, to round out this earthquake in Israeli politics, listen up to the following brief video. Oh, it has English subtitles for non-Hebrew speakers, thereby, patriots everywhere will not mistake its underpinnings!
AS we say in Israel, sach ha’kol, at the end of it all, it remains to be seen if the majority Zionist public chooses the right (no pun intended) course on election day, April 9th. Not only that, there is no doubt that “King Bibi” will promise the sun, moon, and the stars (with payolas at the ready for certain influential folks) to all those who stay the course – thus, keeping him at the helm, only, to betray them once more. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me a third time…..
BUT if this unabashed, unapologetic, nationalist, right-winger hasn’t stated a clear and convincing case – as to why reversing course is a must for Israel’s long-term security – it is not for the lack of trying. Still, there are times when doubling-down is the way to go. Thus, a message was posted atop the Facebook page of yours truly. It reads:
“WHILE I have never gone out on a limb to endorse any of the opportunists within Israel’s fractured political sphere, suffice to say: this time is different! It is of the essence.
The trio from the new party, “Hayemin Hehadash” (the New Right), are not only accomplished fighters for Israel, they are LIONS of ZION!! My (discerning) partner, “my Doc”, agrees. So, we are encouraging ALL of our formidable colleagues, friends, family & true (white and blue) Zionists in Israel to support this party & bring them to victory!! KADIMA….”
COLLECTIVELY, they can bring Israel’s enemies to their knees – and that’s enough of a reason to PRAY FOR THEIR SUCCESS!
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