The Choice: A Strong "Jewish Home" or "Homeless"

Rochel Sylvetsky,

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Rochel Sylvetsky
Rochel Sylvetsky is Senior Consultant to Arutz Sheva's English site and serves as op-ed and Judaism editor. She is a former Chairperson of Emunah Israel (1991-96), CEO/Director of Kfar Hanoar Hadati Youth Village, member of the Emek Zevulun Regional Council and the Religious Education Council of Israel's Education Ministry. She has degrees in Mathematics and Jewish Education.

That is what it boils down to. In this election campaign, where the real issues were skewed by a shameful leftist press that also went down to the level of bottle counting, that is the bottom line.  

First and foremost, there is Naftali Bennett, bringing unabashed Zionism, unapologetic love of country and the Jewish people, a leader who faced unprecedented attacks on the place of Judaism in the Jewish State during the outgoing Knesset – and made his opinion heard and listened to.

I have a great deal of respect for Bibi, I have a good deal of disappointment with some of the things he did and did not do. But in this thankless job representing Jews, he has walked between the raindrops and managed to keep us all dry.

I am filled with admiration for Naftali Bennett, who needs to be able to be a strong right hand for Netanyahu. He has changed the language of Israeli politics, achieved a great deal as Economics Minister, fought to preserve the place of Judaism in Israel, represented us with courageous ideals and his attempt to unify us is worthy of high praise.

The real questions are clear and the answers are on opposite ends of the spectrum. There is nothing wishy-washy about our choice of left or right – or for those who vote for uncommitted parties who will go wherever the price is right.

The Left is willing – and even happy – to force Jews out of their homes (in exchange for another round of missiles, this time from Judea and Samaria).

And Yesh Atid? MK Aliza Lavie of Yesh Atid had the chutzpa to say on Israel radio that the community of Itamar, that paid with the lives of its children for the idealistic choice to live in the land of our fathers, should be dismantled. She said this when former IDF Chief Rabbi Ronski, who lives in Itamar, was in the studio with her.

The Right cherishes and does not have any intentions of leaving the Biblical heartland of Israel.  

Who is talking about negotiations and concessions to the PA and who, instead, has the minimal smarts needed to realize that the attempt to negotiate with Palestinian Arabs is futile and even more dangerous than usual when ISIS is waiting in the wings?

Buji wants a Palestinian state. He is willing to destroy communities in Judea and Samaria to achieve this disaster-causing result.

Livni, who, as a government minister, would not listen to the pleas of those trying to free twelve year old girls arrested during the disengagement, does not see a connection between civil rights and the Jews living in Judea and Samaria.

A vote for the left is a vote for a party that will need Arab support to maintain a coalition.

So, as far as Israel's next  prime minister is concerned, the choice is clear: Bibi or Tibi.

A vote for the left is a vote for a party that will be beholden to the US president for the V15 campaign – another shameful aspect of this election period that the media played down.

A vote for the right that makes Netanyahu prime minister is a vote for the man called "the leader of the Free World' by a significant number of significant people.

What about the home front? Besides Iran, the first and foremost issue in this campaign was the price of housing.

But it was never discussed intelligently in the media. The press must realize that  65% of Israelis , those who own their own homes, do not want the prices to go down so that the value of their major – and often only - investment is lowered. Housing prices will not go down.

The only thing to do is to subsidize home purchases for those who have no apartments and leave the prices alone until more apartments are available and the free market comes into play.

What is all the noise about, as if the cost of living in a country that spends most of its budget on defense, could be appreciably reduced by Kachlon, Buji, Lapid at the drop of a hat. All the pundits know that, but when you are stalking Netanyahu, everything is allowed. Except the truth.

I was interviewed by the Dutch press and after discussing issues and the attitude of the press towards the Prime Minister, one of the statements made by the journalist was "I have heard that Netanyahu has no friends".  That is the kind of nonsense the foreign press and Israeli voters were fed, when the media ran out of nasty things to say about Sara Netanyahu.

"Friends?" I countered, "Who knows and who cares? Exactly when is the prime minister of this beleaguered country supposed to meet his friends? Is that how one decides about who is to be prime minister when Iran is threatening, the Arab Winter is on a blizzard alert, and terror is at our doorstep?"

In these last voting hours, let us hope that real Zionism overcomes the "Zionist Union". If you haven't yet, go out and vote!