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by Yitzhak Frankenthal  19.06.2013 When Ms. Shelly Yachimovich said that the financial issue is the one that will set the tone for the recent elections, and intentionally ignored the Israeli-Palestinian one, I decided to vote MERETZ.

In fact Ms. Yachimovich not only dedicated what decisive issues will affect the elections for the Avoda party line, she also definitely affected the entire election results. 


These recent elections were not about the most important issue – the peace process – but the economy.


The folly of a strategy that ignores the repercussions of the inability to reach peace on the economy dictates the actions of the new government.


Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon – a right wing daydreamer who sits on the buttons of our missiles and airplanes.


Naftali Bennett  - a religious Zionist who thinks as I do on issues of state and religion, but is a rightist that ignores the two-state solution.


Uri Ariel – who squats in the Ministry of Housing and by advancing the building of settlements, is like a pyromaniac given a set of matches that will set fires of hate between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. 


Uri Orbach – a certified clown that will sit in the government and will make fateful decisions – my hope is that he will be like Ronald Reagan, the actor that was a great President to the United States.




I can allow myself a small amount of cautious optimism due to the participation of serious ministers such as Shai Piron, Yael German, Yaakov Peri, Tzipi Livni and Amir Peretz.




Will they be successful in standing up against the pyromaniacs and daydreamers?


Until this day, we were "lucky" to have governments that have not succeeded in being true to the values of the Declaration of Independent:




1."This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State".  Where is the right of the Palestinian people?


2."WE APPEAL - in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months - to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions". How could it be that Arab MK's are being disqualified from sitting in the government? 


3."WE EXTEND our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East". Is this the benefit of ignoring the Palestinian needs since 1967?


Is there a chance for change? Is there a chance for a future? Will we be able to build a Jewish homeland with Jewish values in the spirit of the Declaration of Independent and the Jewish tradition?


For conclusion, I must admit that I see one ray of light in this government, Yair Shamir was not elected to serve as Minister of Defense but as Minister of Agriculture, what harm can he possibly do as Minister of Agriculture.

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1 by Barbra
I wish more can see that the peace issue as been ignored for political reasons for too long now. We must go out to the streets and let our elected leaders know that we want them to return to the negotiating table and provide us with the peace and security they continue to promise us every elections.
2 by Alex
What alternatives are there? You can't just criticize without offering a different option.
3 by Yitzhak Frankenthal
Alex, the alternative is to give your vote to a party that addresses the important issues and keeps them on the table not sweeps them under the carpet. The issues of peace and negotiations with the Palestinians should always be high on the agenda, it should not be ignored just because it's not popular at a certain moment. That means that your allegiance should not be to a party but to the issues!