Among the 47 parties running in the April 9 election, there are many who focus on security, the economy, clean governance and matters of religion and state.
But there is only one whose focus is getting Israel ready to accommodate the mass aliyah that the party believes will take place from America soon, after Islamic Jihadists take power in the United States.
Dennis Avi Lipkin registered his Israel Bible Bloc Party with the Central Elections Committee on Thursday, after the party was officially recognized by the party registrar in May. Lipkin is a veteran speaker to Evangelical Christians in the US, who lives in Kedar, near Ma’aleh Adumim.
Lipkin, 70, will head the party, followed by Hana Hawa, a Christian from Ussefiya; Michael Bar-Neder, a reserve IDF mayor who lives in Kedumim; David Friedman, a messianic Jew and professor at the Jerusalem Bible College; and Klaas Bakker, a Dutch Protestant married to a Jew. They registered only five candidates.
“Our goal is to promote the Jewish-Christian alliance and togetherness,” Lipkin said. “We’re facing the final solution of the Jewish people in the US. The Jihadists are planning to kill Jews in America and their Christian spouses. I’m predicting massive aliyah of Jews and Christians to Israel caused by antisemitism and hatred.”
Lipkin, who is a Conservative Jew, said he would like to explain to rabbis the need to relax conversion standards to accommodate the millions of intermarried couples who he believes will soon be visiting Israel from America. Part of the party’s platform will be to send Jewish and Christian supporters of Israel to speak on the country’s behalf around the world and improve its image.
Like all parties that have no current MKs on their list, the Bible Bloc Party will receive seven minutes of TV air time and 14 minutes on the radio to explain its platform and woo voters. Lipkin said he was unaware that he would be given such a perk.
“I am saying stuff no one wants to hear,” Lipkin said
He was caught by surprise with the advancement of the election, which was supposed to have taken place in November. He admitted his expectations were low for this race.
“I’ll be honest,” he said. “We did this to prove a point that we could run, but we know it will be a challenge. We are going to meetings, kissing babies and shaking hands. We are doing our best, but we’re not expecting any miracles.”