Naftali Bennett forms new political party (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moran Azulay Published: 05.06.12, 21:41)
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Netanyahu´s former chief of staff at the Likud deals blow to prime
minister with creation of new ´national-Zionist movement´
Former Yesha Council director-general and Benjamin Netanyahu´s
previous right-hand man at the Likud, Naftali Bennett announced
Sunday the establishment of a new political party.
The announcement comes a day before the Knesset is set to be
dissolved signaling early national elections. The party´s founding
members include former Chief Military Rabbi Avichai Rontzki and My
Israel head Ayelet Shaked, who previously served as Netanyahu´s
bureau chief. "This is a blow to Netanyahu," one of Bennett´s
associates told Ynet.
Bennett has been holding intense consultations in the past few days
considering whether to run for National Religious Party chairmanship
or to form a separate political party. He described the new party
as "a young national-Zionist movement uniting both secular and
religious Israelis." Bennett said that the party´s aim is to bring
Zionism back into the national agenda again.
"We shall create a real bridge between the religious and the
seculars, who will be joined together by love of the land and
Zionism, and a return to our basic values," Bennett said.
"The majority of the Israeli public belongs to the Zionist national
camp, and still we are not being taken seriously at the moment of
truth. The prime minister is part of this, having appointed a defense
minister who is hostile to the settlement enterprise and blocked a
bill meant to protect IDF soldiers from foreign organizations."
The former Yesha Council director said that he aims to unite under
one umbrella all of the national camp´s parties "and create a mighty
force that will serve as a counterbalance in the next
administration." Bennett´s associates claimed that various Likud
elements tried to stop his initiative. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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