Far-right MKs Unite to Form New Party

'Strength for Israel' party will run under the slogan 'There are no rights without obligations;' campaign will feature signs in Hebrew and Arabic explaining concepts such as loyalty, taxes and equality.

Chaim Levinson
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National Union MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari announced Tuesday that they were forming a new party to run in the January 22 election, citing the need for “an ideological right.”

They will run under the name Otzma Leyisrael (Strength for Israel).

Eldad is expected to head the party with Ben Ari second on the slate, they told a press conference in Jerusalem.

The third spot is reserved for right-wing activist Baruch Marzel.

After him comes Arieh King, the founder of the Israel Land Fund, which finances the purchase of property from Arabs.

King himself is a resident of a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

The new party’s campaign slogan is “There are no rights without obligations.” The campaign will feature signs in Hebrew and Arabic explaining basic concepts of civics such as loyalty, taxes and equality.

“[Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman is on the same list as [Dan] Meridor, and [Aryeh] Deri is dragging Shas to the left,” said Eldad. “There is a need for an ideological right.”

The party will not join the coalition in return for ministerial posts, said Ben Ari. It would only do this to push through its principles.

In the 2009 election, National Union was composed of three right-wing parties: Tekuma, Hatikva and Eretz Yisrael Shelanu.

Eldad represented Hatikva and Ben Ari came from Eretz Yisrael Shelanu, but he has since left that party in order to join the Jewish National Front.

The new party is basically the merger of the Jewish National Front and Hatikva.

The final National Union faction, Tekuma, will unite with Habayit Hayehudi in the coming election.

MK Michael Ben-Ari introducing the new party on Tuesday. The sign reads, “There are no rights without obligations,” under the word “taxes” in Arabic.Credit: Emil Salman

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