Israel’s version of the Tea Party movement held its opening rally on Sunday evening. Several dozen people attended the event which was held the at Zionist Organization of America house in Tel Aviv.
The new grassroots effort is modeled after the American conservative social movement and has promised to be just as patriotic, provocative and antagonistic to United States President Barack Obama.
Former Likud MK Michael Kleiner, one of the rally’s main organizers, explained that the purpose of the Tea Party movement is to send a clear message to Obama that he should not force Israelis to go against their beliefs. Kleiner said that Israeli citizens chose to vote for Binyamin Netanyahu and as such have made it clear that they believe in the principles that the Likud and Netanyahu have brought forward.
Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely, who also took part in Sunday’s rally, said that the Tea Party movement would also like to send a message to Netanyahu to remember his voters, who have asked him to promote the communities of Judea and Samaria, and not to promote a Palestinian state.
Kleiner promised that the Tea Party movement will continue to hold meetings in other places around Israel.
Besides Kleiner and Hotovely, Sunday’s event was also attended by MKs Danny Danon and Ayoob Kara, as well Moshe Feiglin, a former contender for the Likud.