Opinions by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar

We must not hide support for the Land of Israel
Right-wing leaders, wave the banner of the Land of Israel and we will stand behind you.

Our previous article, in which we called on right-wing leaders not to abandon or forget the banners of the national camp in the name of the battle for health and the economy, won much resonance and gave rise to many responses.

Along with the many supporters, who encouraged and strengthened our remarks, there were also those who claimed that the blurring of ideology is a well-known and accepted tactic in an election period.

The way to the ballot box passes through an appeal to the broadest common political denominator to garner votes both from the Right and the Left, they explained, attempting to reassure us, adding with a wink: The day after the elections everything will look different.

There is (almost) no one to vote for
It appears that the trend in the present election campaign is the obfuscation of ideological positions, descent to the lowest common denominator, to fundamental life and existence, and to transform it into the only banner with which they are going to the polls.

A cursory glance at Gideon Sa’ar’s campaign platform reveals fundamental principles which virtually any party or any citizen can identify with. Ron Ḥuldai’s speech, too, reflects a similar element. For all intents and purposes, both are adopting the principle that Naftali Bennett has been advocating for a significant period: “Not Corona, not interesting,” a principle whose basis is shelving values and philosophies in the name of some artificial unity.

It is feasible that this constitutes an additional proof of the shallowness of Israeli politics. Conceivably, this is the nature of the process of gathering votes, and perhaps, it is testimony to the longing of the people for something different and inexplicable. In any case, the unity about which the politicians are speaking today, for which they sacrifice and slaughter ideologies and values, is far from bona-fide unity. In fact, it also leaves us with virtually no reason to leave the house and go to the polls.

There is (almost) no one to vote for, by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar. Arutz Sheva, December 31, 2020

We must not hide support for the Land of Israel, by Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar. Arutz Sheva, January 4, 2021

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