by Aliza Karp
(IsraelNN.com) Professor Ron Breiman from North Tel Aviv is the clean-shaven chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel, an organization made up of professors from exact sciences. Yaakov Katz of Beit El is a full-bearded leader in the initiative for Jews to take up residence in the Biblical areas of Eretz Yisroel. He has established yeshivas and a right-wing media network.
Breiman lives in an area of Tel Aviv where houses are modern, convenient and upscale. Baruch Marzel’s home is in Tel Rumeida, Hevron. It is definitely his home, but it is not a house. It is a caravan. From all the Americans who have visited Boruch and wanted to upgrade his simple accommodations, Baruch will only take money for his many charitable organizations and social projects.
Different philosophies, different profiles and different lifestyles - unified for Shlaimos HaAretz (the unity of the Land of Israel).
MK Professor Arieh Eldad is on leave from his successful career - professor of medicine and department head at Hadassah Ein Kerem - because he saw a need in the Knesset for members who are uncompromising when it comes to the integrity and security of Jewish life in Eretz Yisroel.
Uri Ariel is closely linked with well-respected Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba. Michael Ben-Ari, PhD, is a student of Rabbi Meir Kahane and has a great respect for the teachings of Chabad. Uri Bank is soft-spoken, but he is a hard-liner when it comes to Shlaimos HaAretz.
Eldad explains that there is one common denominator that is a unifying force for the above-mentioned candidates in the upcoming election. That common denominator is Eretz Yisroel (the Land of Israel). These are people who give their life for Eretz Yisroel. They are not interested in personal recognition or personal gain. They are interested in Eretz Yisroel for Am Yisroel (the People of Israel).
They are group of productive, industrious, responsible, moral, committed, honest members of Am Yisroel, dedicated to Am Yisroel, and dedicated to Eretz Yisroel for Am Yisroel. Period. Together, they form a mosaic wherein each tile retains its own color and together the tiles form a beautiful image - as long as they fit inside the given boundaries of the total picture - and those given boundaries happen to be their commitment to the extended boundaries of Eretz Yisroel.
When it comes to making an intelligent choice when voting, it is always good to judge candidates by their past actions rather than their current campaign promises. Below is a list of so-called right-wing parties and the proof of the depth of their (lack of) commitment to Eretz Yisroel for Am Yisroel:
Likud - The Likud is responsible for uprooting Yamit and the surrounding area. They are responsible for the Disengagement. Binyamin Netanyahu, the current leader of Likud, sent an envoy to Syria to negotiate the Golan and he surrendered Hevron in the Wye Agreement. Netanyahu, Limor Livnat, Silvan Shalom, Yuval Steinetz, Yisrael Katz and other Likud members at the top of their list voted for the Disengagement. Netanyahu denounced the Disengagement as being immoral only after he had given his support so it could be implemented.
When asked for his opinion about Moshe Feiglin in the Likud, Eldad responded, “Moshe Feiglin gives the wrong impression of the Likud. He is like a fig leaf covering the essence of the reality in the party.”
Yisrael Beiteinu - The platform of this party clearly states under what conditions they consider it legitimate to establish an Arab state in Eretz Yisroel. Once a party is comfortable with the idea of land concessions, the rest is negotiable. They state openly that they feel it is necessary to split Jerusalem. Leader of Yisrael Beiteinu, Avigdor Lieberman, admits he is willing to give up his own home in Nokdim to make room for the enemy state in the Jewish homeland.
Shas - Shas has been showing concern for Homesh and they even set up an office in Beit HaShalom in Hevron. But their history shows them as being for sale to any government. They allowed the Oslo Agreement to pass - by one vote. They could have stopped Oslo had they participated in the vote instead of abstaining. They are currently sitting in the government with Ehud Olmert. It was Shas that gave then-Prime Mininster Ehud Barak the support he needed to offer arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat Jewish land. Luckily, Arafat declined the offer. Spiritual mentor of Shas, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, says that we can give up land for pikuach nefesh, to save lives, when it has been proven that giving up land costs lives, the recent war being a fresh and painful example.
The Jewish Home Party - This is actually the National Religious Party, which gave Ariel Sharon the support he needed in order to carry out the Disengagement. Their policy is that should they have to choose between closing one classroom of one of their schools or giving away land, they would choose to give away land.
In order to get public approval for the Disengagement, the public was convinced that the Jews living in Gush Katif were the reason the army had to serve there. They did not want their sons to have to serve in Gaza just because of ‘settlers.’ The current war should be proof that the army is in Gaza because of the terrorists, not because of the Jews. The land give-away produced not peace, but war. Yet, lo and behold, even the right-wing parties are willing to support further land giveaways.
The country is so small! We are being attacked in the south and the north - and only one unique group stands alone in adamantly refusing to concede land.
What glue is strong enough to keep this union unified? Secular professors, religious Zionists, Kahane followers and Chabadniks agree that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews not because of the United Nations and not because of the might of the army, but by the will of HaShem and the Torah of Israel. This basic foundation of faith is our four-thousand-year-old glue that has proven to survive turbulence and turmoil - as it keeps Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel sticking together.
This is the glue that has united Yaakov Katz, Uri Ariel, Arieh Eldad, Uri Bank and Michael Ben-Ari to run for the Knesset together under the banner of Ichud Leumi, the National Union.