Its Otzma or Lieberman

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Alot of folks on the "right" were taken by surprise when both Otzma and Zehut were not included in the "(un)United Right" this past week. I was definitely one of them. I thought for sure that Otzma would be offered 2 realistic spots and that Zehut (Moshe Feiglin) would be smart to take one. (not sure if he was even offered it). I personally think it shows a tremendous lack of leadership by (all of) the leaders of the three "united" right-wing parties to allow this to happen. With that said, what's done is done. How do we move forward from here? 

All must agree that losing votes on the right would be terrible. This is what prevented the formation of a right-wing government after the previous election. Nobody should believe the fake news that Lieberman prevented the government. Zehut and the "new right' not crossing the threshold is what prevented it. Don't make this more complicated than it is. Or give credit to Lieberman that isn't deserved. 

With this thought in mind, it would be just plain stupid to believe the current polls that say that Lieberman is essential. Of course the polls are always wrong and its nearly impossible that much has changed in just the past few months and therefore: if the loss of right-wing votes can be prevented this time, a right-wing government could be easily formed, with or without Lieberman. Doesn't this make sense? (Despite what the leftist media is telling you!!)

So now what? In my opinion, its relatively simple - everyone just needs to follow the momentum and shift right. All studies say that Israeli is moving to the right, especially the younger folks. Shaked and Bennett should be able to siphon off a nice chunk of Likud voters - specifically by having a secular woman in charge and/or by having excluding Otzma. Or maybe they won't, it doesn't really matter how many people vote for Likud or how many vote for the "united right". What does matter is that Otzma passes the threshold. If they don't, there is no hope of a  right-wing government. Therefore my advice is that no one should worry about Shaked/Bennett, Rafi Peretz or Smotrich - they foolishly didn't think of the big picture, but right-wing voters should! 

Any voter that truly wants a right-wing government to be formed after the election should publicly support Otzma. Otherwise just vote for Lieberman, that's what you'll be doing in essence anyway. I don't have a solution for Zehut supporters that I can confidently think they will listen to. Of course I think Moshe Feiglin should come out publicly for Otzma - also for the good of the country and for his future political career. 

Its either Otzma or Liberman - those are the choices. 

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem