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Jan 14, 2015

Quote of the Day

Labor is officially the Tel Aviv Party. Boojie is from Tzahela, Tzippi from Ramat Hachayal, Stav from Tel Aviv, Sheli from Tel Aviv... Ben Gurion is turning over in his grave in Sde Boker..

  -- Minister Naftali Bennet, commenting on the results of the Labor primaries

funny Bennet should say this, considering that he has turned the Mafda into a general party rather than a specifically Religious Zionist party.. he has an Arab running, secular Jews, one that used to be involved in the Reform movement, and the spectrum of religious Zionist Jews... the founders of Mafdal are also probably turning over in their graves...

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  1. I disagree. While founded on Religious Zionist principals, the Mafdal generally wanted to serve the broad Israeli public (at least in the old days). Hence the specific interest in posts in Education and social welfare. I think many of the Mafdal old-timers would be quite happy working with non-religious Jews or Druze and Circassim, as long as they recognized the Mafdal agenda to promote a Jewish state whose foundation are in Torah and Jewish history. On the surface at least, it looks like Bayit Yehudi is coming close to that.

    Try reading some of the early Mizrahi and Bnei Akiva ideologues sometime. I think you'd be surprised by the breadth of their interests and national concerns. I think that is part of what Neemanei Torah V'Avodah think they are trying to preserve and revive.

  2. Mafdal died out because it became a sectoral party belonging to a sector that had interests in bigger issues. The stereotypical Chareidi only cares about one thing: the needs of the Chareidi community. The stereotypical Religious Zionist cares about the country as a whole so a party that has a more global view would be more attractive than a community-limited one.


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