Eldad announces his own rightist party, Hatikva

NU/NRP MK presents alternative to new right-wing party, which he says is only open to religious.

November 4, 2008 14:34
1 minute read.
Eldad announces his own rightist party, Hatikva

arye eldad 224.88. (photo credit: Courtesy of the Knesset)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


MK Arye Eldad (NU/NRP) on Tuesday announced that he will be running in the next elections with a new party, Hatikva. In a Knesset press conference Eldad expressed confidence in the new party's electoral prospects, asserting, "We have the potential to garner seven seats, and we will be the surprise of the elections for the 18th Knesset." Eldad explained that he opted not to join the new right-wing party announced Monday because the new party, comprised of the National Religious Party and the National Union, cannot serve as a home for "Land of Israel Faithfuls" who are not religious. "I asked one of the senior figures in the [new] party if a pilot in the reserves who happens to drive on Shabbat can be a member... and I was told that it is problematic," Eldad said. "When I joined the National Union I didn't do so in order to erect a home for religious Zionism, but rather to protect the Land of Israel." Eldad criticized Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu and claimed that his party would be "a home for those disappointed with Likud; those who do not know what Netanyahu's policy is. We will be a home to anyone who does not want to vote for [Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor] Lieberman because he intends to push for land swaps and the division of Jerusalem." The outspoken critic of talks with the Palestinians guaranteed that his party would oppose a Palestinian state and would do everything in its power to guarantee Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount. Hatikva, Eldad said, would also advocate a law conditioning an Israeli citizen's right to be elected to the Knesset on having completed army service or National Service. "The community of voters that currently votes for Lieberman or Likud for lack of a better alternative will be those who vote for us," he promised.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town


Cookie Settings