MK Uri Ariel (National Union) was ranked the most effective right-wing member of
Knesset, according to a study rightwing NGO Mattot Arim released this
The organization examines politicians from right-wing parties
biannually, publishing a list of MKs and their nationalist achievements in
categories including “nationalist legislation” and “sovereignty and
In the most recent study, which analyzed activity from
January-June of this year, Ariel ranked highest with 46 points.
Ariel’s achievements listed in the study were laws passed on settlement
building, making Jerusalem a “national priority zone” and legislation allocating
NIS 2 million towards improving cellularphone service in the West
Mattot Arim also credited Ariel with helping convince Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to ask US President Barack Obama to commute the
sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.
Ariel was followed by
coalition Chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), who topped last year’s list, with 34.
MKs Yariv Levin (Likud) and Arye Eldad (National Union) were next, with 27 and
24 points, respectively.
Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon came in
fifth place, with 18 points.
Although the study focused only on coalition
parties, except for Independence, a number of opposition MKs were credited in
Mattot Arim’s study. Kadima had 13 members mentioned, with Ronit Tirosh and
Nachman Shai each appearing twice.
MK Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) was
involved in passing a bill that would require special permission for state lands
to be sold to foreigners.
Perhaps the most surprising inclusion in the
list of nationalist achievements was MK Dov Khenin, whose Hadash party defines
itself as non-Zionist, in keeping with Marxism’s anti-nationalist
Khenin was instrumental in passing a bill that prevents soldiers
from being listed in criminal records.
The NGO commended MKs for having
105 nationalist achievements in six months, as opposed to only 40 in the
Mattot Arim wrote at the end of the study that its
purpose is to encourage “positive activity by representatives of the nationalist
camp in the Knesset and the government.”
The organization hopes to
increase the number of right-wing voters by publicizing politicians’