Hatikvah party youth meet
Hatikvah party youth meet Israel news photo: Yoni Kempinski

Non-observant youth from the Hatikvah party gathered on Thursday in the party’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, and met with MK Aryeh Eldad.

Hatikvah, which Eldad heads, is a secular right-wing party which was formed in 2007. The party joined the National Union’s list in the 2009 elections.

The goals of Thursday’s gathering were to come up with ways to expose the party to the non-observant Israeli public, as well as give an official address to which young people with a common ideology and who identify with the party can turn.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the members decided to establish a Zionist public diplomacy campaign through the Internet and also to begin “spreading the word” about the party in university campuses, so young people who identify with the right can join.

“Hatikvah was always a party for all Israelis – observant, non-observant, secular, religious, newcomers, old residents of Israel,” MK Eldad told Arutz Sheva. “Hatikvah is the address for non-observant youth in Judea, Samaria and in other parts of Israel who support the ideology of the National Union.”

“The vast majority of the residents of Judea and Samaria,” he noted, “do not wear a kippah. They don’t define themselves as religious, so this only reflects the population in Judea and Samaria and certainly in other parts of the country.”

Eldad said that despite Hatikvah not identifying itself as a religious party, when he speaks to the youth he emphasizes the Biblical connection of the Jews to the land of Israel.

“I tell them, as I tell everybody, that the land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel according to the Torah,” he said. “This is the only real source for the right of the Jewish people over the land of Israel. Whether they believe in G-d or not, the Torah is the only source of the Jewish people.”

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