Eldad: Olmert´s Campaign Gimmick is "Bash the Settlers"

MK Aryeh Eldad says that Acting Prime Minister Olmert's crusade against the Jewish residents of Hevron is part of the Kadima Party's election campaign.

Hillel Fendel , | updated: 10:38 AM

Eldad was asked this morning on Kol Yisrael Radio's Reshet Bet station about Olmert's plan to destroy small outposts in Judea and Samaria. The MK said that this, together with Olmert's non-stop outspokenness against the residents of Hevron, is merely part of his plan to become the leader of the Left in the coming elections.

"Olmert is inciting towards a civil war as part of his election campaign," said Eldad, a former Chief Medical Officer of the IDF. "The issue [in Hevron] could be resolved through a legal compromise, but Olmert prefers to ignore this option. The 200 boys who were in Hevron [over the past few days] have already left the city, but Olmert still continues to bash the Jewish Community there with all his strength - with the assumption that this will net him political gains."

Eldad is positioned in the 5th slot of the National Union list of Knesset candidates for the upcoming elections. He had originally been #6, according to the terms of the agreement among the National Union's three member parties - Tekumah, Moledet and Religious Zionism Renewal (RZR) - but he had threatened not to run at all under those conditions. To resolve the crisis, MK Uri Ariel (Tekumah) ultimately agreed, a few days ago, to switch with him, in exchange for a promise of a senior party position in the next Knesset. Ariel and Eldad are next-door neighbors in Kfar Adumim, south of Jericho.