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MKs Eldad, Ben Ari Announce New Faction

National Union MKs split off, form "Power to Israel." They say they are what Israel needs.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/13/2012, 2:36 PM

MKs Eldad, Ben Ari with Baruch Marzel and Aryeh King
MKs Eldad, Ben Ari with Baruch Marzel and Aryeh King
Israel news photo: Flash 90

MKs Michael Ben-Ari and Aryeh Eldad of the National Union announced Tuesday that they are splitting off from the NU and forming a new faction, "Power to Israel."

Eldad wrote on his Facebook page, "Today we announced, MK Michael Ben-Ari and I, the forming of a common faction, 'Power to Israel', because that is what Israel needs today.

"When rockets are fired at a million residents of the South, and the state of Israel continues to supply water, power and food to Gaza; when millions of residents of the large cities in Israel live in fear of 100,000 African immigrants; if a million Arab citizens live like there are no duties and only rights – taxes, building permits, speed limits are unfamiliar terms for them – then Israel needs power."

Eldad explained that a vacuum has formed in the Israeli right wing. "Lieberman has joined Netanyahu and will sit on a list that will include Dan Meridor. Deri is taking Shas leftward to the days of Oslo. So there is a need for an ideological right that will say things that have been forgotten: without duties there are no rights. The Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel.

"The National Union is falling apart. This is not how you run a political system. We therefore congratulate Ketzaleh and Uri Ariel, who are going home to the Mafdal (National Religious Party). We have no doubt that they will take care of the religious Zionist sector, but we have a different agenda."

MK Ben Ari said that unlike other parties, Power to Israel will not join the coalition in return for jobs or budgets, but only in return for implementation of the principles that will empower Israel.

MK Eldad said that the two conducted a poll that showed that Ben Ari alone would receive two Knesset seats, while both of them together would garner three.