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      Chanan Porat: Setting Up a Right-Wing Bloc is Essential

      Chanan Porat, Rabbi and former MK, said that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to leave the Likud was a sensible move.
      By Scott Shiloh
      First Publish: 11/23/2005, 12:38 PM / Last Update: 11/22/2005, 8:28 PM

      Porat says that Sharon's establishment of a new party will make it easier for the public to select a party based on its actual platform, and not by a leader’s deceitful promises.

      In an exclusive interview with Arutz-7, Porat said, “It’s good that Peres and Sharon, who lead the state in such deceptive ways, are leaving their previous positions of authority. Now, there’s a chance for new and cleaner language."

      Porat said that Ariel Sharon possessed an uncanny ability to destroy what he tried to build. “It began with the settlement enterprise, and now it’s moved to the party he established.”

      “I believe,” said Porat, "that here’s a good chance for the nation to say it loves the Land of Israel, and not only in terms of a slogan.”

      When asked whether Sharon’s move might actually harm right-wing parties, which might lose votes to the Likud, Porat said that while such a scenario is possible, it’s likely that the Likud “will become more nationalistic and distanced from scandals” of the type that afflicted the party under Sharon’s leadership.

      Regarding the possibility of setting up a right-wing bloc with the Likud to run in the Knesset elections, Porat said the idea has to be reviewed carefully. He said the the right-wing has been disappointed repeatedly with Likud policy.

      On the other hand, according to Porat, the need for unity is “the order of the day.” He said that leaders of the national-religious camp should unite with non-religious “believers” such as MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) and others like him.

      While not referring specifically to other non-religious candidates on the right, Porat said that ideally, a bloc should be formed that would include the Likud, National Union (Moledet and Tekuma), the National Religious Party (NRP) and MK Avigdor Lieberman’s party (Yisrael Beitenu). Porat belongs to the Tekuma party.

      Those parties, said Porat, would either form a government or join the opposition as a unified bloc. Porat believes that such a bloc would attain more votes for the right-wing.

      Porat also said it is essential to at least unite the National Union with the NRP. If not, he said, both parties would be punished by voters.