Daily Israel Report
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  10/27/2010, Cheshvan 19, 5771

Israeli 'Tea Party' to Strengthen Netanyahu Against US


Nationalist activists are planning to launch an Israeli version of the Tea Party movement. The new grassroots effort, modeled after the American conservative social movement, promises to be just as patriotic, provocative and antagonistic to United States President Barack Obama.

Tea Party spokeswoman Sarah Tiktinsky predicted that Obama would soon renew efforts to push Israel to renew the American-imposed ban on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria following next Tuesday’s midterm elections in the U.S., arguing that Obama’s leverage on Netanyahu must be countered with equal force from the national camp.

“Netanyahu has been under intense pressure from Washington,” Tiktinsky said. “History has proven that Bibi caves in to pressure, so something must be done to stop him. No one in the Likud faction is taking the serious steps to stop him, so it must come from the grassroots.”

The new movement's opening rally is scheduled to take place Sunday night at the ZOA house in Tel Aviv. Current and former politicians will take part in the event, including Likud Members of Knesset Ayoub Kara, Danny Danon and Yariv Levin, as well as former Likud MK Michael Kleiner, who is one of the rally’s main organizers.