Oct 27 2010
The growing grassroots conservative movement in the US known as the “Tea Party” is set to expand to Israel. The opening rally will be held at the Zionist Organization of America House in Tel Aviv under the banner of “Say No to Obama.”
Israel Today Israeli organizers behind the event said the Israeli branch of the Tea Party will be just as patriotic and provocatively conservative as its American counterparts. The first order of business for the new branch will be combatting US President Barack Obama’s efforts to reinstate a Jewish building freeze.
Organizers noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under a tremendous amount of pressure from Obama and the American liberal elite, and so they want to counter that with pressure of their own.
Haaretz Likud activists who oppose the settlement freeze have set up a protest movement against the peace process and the continued construction moratorium in the West Bank. The Israeli Tea Party will be the opening shot in their efforts to stop the peace process entirely. They said Israel’s commitment to negotiations stems only from inertia and habit, rather than a real need or interest on Israel’s part.
Knesset members Danny Danon, Ayoob Kara and Yariv Levin are among the Likud lawmakers who have agreed to participate in Sunday’s rally. Former MK Michael Kleiner, who initiated the event, believes it will trigger a popular wave of protest that will counter U.S. President Barack Obama’s pressure on Netanyahu and prevent the freeze on construction in the West Bank and Jerusalem from being continued.
On the Facebook page set up by the group’s activists, they wrote that the decision to form an Israeli Tea Party came from a deep sense of frustration with what they see as a political vacuum in the right wing.
“We believe there is no buffer on the political map separating leaders from making decisions on the peace process that are disastrous and dangerous to Israel,” the activists wrote.
“The Iranian nuclear issue is also only a guise to weakness and allows us to be dragged into making ‘gestures,’ and enacting conciliatory policy and concessions in negotiations with someone who, apart from promising terror, cannot give us a thing,” the group’s Facebook page says.