Yisrael Beytenu Represents Israel’s Ethnic DiversityPublished on: January 2, 2013
Do you want to change the system of government in this country?
Are you among those who see the looming disaster of a split coalition?
I too share these concerns. During these elections and the previous ones, the number of contending political parties has grown. Many of these parties focus on one issue and appeal to a very specific segment of the population. This is a divisive approach that seeks to cut our social fabric into pieces. Thus began a heated discussion about military insubordination, which is unacceptable and calls to refrain from voting for “white parties.” Some of the electorate are so turned off by the crass appeal to specific social sectors, that they choose not to vote during the elections.
We all know what happens after the elections: small parties wield much more power than their public mandate should allow, thereby weakening the State. This is the main reason why the government has such a hard time making significant changes and improving many aspects of our lives.
In contrast to the small “niche” parties, Yisrael Beytenu’s list comprises a broad spectrum of society. For example, Smadar Levitan, has been active for 28 years in volunteer settings including the Child Placement Association. Shuki Ohana is representative of the Valleys and the Galilee. David Amsalem is a representative of the Jerusalem district. Oded Forer is one of the directors of Beytenu Youth. Yitzchak Danino is a representative of the Negev. Victor Ibrahimov has an impressive public service message and serves a wide ranging public in the academic world. And of course I, as a Member of Knesset these past four years, acted to equalize the burden of service, triple soldiers’ grants upon completion of service and legislate harsher sentencing for hit and run accidents. I also passed the Pedophile Law, protecting our children and I worked hard for the disabled population, the IDF widows and more.
These are just some of the Yisrael Beytenu candidates who represent a broad spectrum of Israel’s population and whose public activism has brought progress to our lives. Remember that you have tremendous power to influence the future of the country on 22 January.
Moshe “Mutz” Matalon