For Whom Israel's Business 'Who’s Who' Is Voting

Some like Likud-Beiteinu for the stability, some want change, and some are dismayed by the discrepancy between words and deeds.

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Rami Levy, owner of the Hashikma Marketing heavy-discount chain:
I am voting for Likud-Beiteinu because it's the largest party and has the greatest chance of winning this election. When you vote for a large party, you strengthen it, maximizing its ability to act during its term in office the way it sees fit, rather than be subject to extortion and interests of the small parties.

The first and most important thing the government has to do is lower housing prices. The way to do that is to change the way Israel Lands Administration sells state land. The second thing is to slash bureaucracy for businesses, to strengthen the private business sector. A strong private business sector equals a strong and stable economy. In addition, it’s also important to find the way to make peace, since this directly affects the economy.

Orna Angel, ex-CEO of Tel Aviv Port:
I'm voting for Eretz Hadasha. From my involvement with sustainability in recent years I have concluded that corruption and the opacity with regard to Big Money-Government ties are the main factors hurting the economy, society and the environment. I think it’s appropriate to have a party in the Knesset that has these issues at the top of its agenda. In addition, I’ve also come to the conclusion that it is better to vote for a small party where I know exactly who the people are.

Arie Zief, Vice President. Tel Aviv and Central Israel Chamber of Commerce:
I am voting for Likud Beiteinu. The next government must focus on taxation and housing. Taxes must not be increased if we want 3% annual growth. In particular, taxes on the business world must not be increased.

However, tax breaks, such as the “trapped profits” break for multinational concerns must be eliminated. At the same time, we need to increase resources for the war on the shadow economy. It will never end, but billions of shekels could be saved.

Motti Hasfari, CEO of GetTaxi:
I'm voting for Likud Beiteinu because there's no alternative. I think a government needs a strong coalition in order to make decisions without extortion by small parties. Likud Beiteinu to a large extent represents my political view and looks out for my interests as a national religious person.

Shahar Turgeman, CEO of tourism company Daka 90:
I'm voting for Labor. I think the difference between its diplomatic platform and Likud-Beiteinu’s is minor – the outline of the diplomatic agreement has been clear for a long time. I am voting for Labor because I identify more with its economic and social platform – it is more concerned about the middle class. The dilemma the Israeli public has to face is the choice between right and left in the big parties and it has to stop voting for ephemeral faddish parties.

Jimmy Zohar, general manager of the Carlton Hotel, Tel Aviv:
I intend to vote for Hatnuah, mainly because of Elazar Stern, who joined it and in my opinion represents the values of beautiful Israel.

Yaron Gindi, president of the Israel Tax Advisors Association:
I am voting for Shaul Mofaz (Kadima). I know him personally and he is utterly worthy.

Ronen Nimni, founder and owner of Café Café:
I'm not entirely certain about whom I will vote for but apparently for Meretz or Labor. I'm still not convinced which would do the job best. Economically I in fact think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing a wonderful job but to my mind the security situation is more important at the moment and I see Netanyahu, Likud-Beiteinu and the entire extreme right at his side as a serious security problem.

Zwi (Zvika) Williger, chairman at G. Willi-Food International:
I intend to vote for Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah). I feel she's the most interesting alternative and has the most experience vis-a-vis Netanyahu. I hope Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) and Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) will join her.

Since I come from the food sector, I can say that it is important that the next government reduce value added tax on staples and introduce differential VAT. In addition, high earners should pay higher tax, but the middle class shouldn't.

Adina Hacham, general manager of Anglo- Saxon Real Estate:
Until now I have voted Likud. This time I decided not to –because of the move towards extremism and because of the settlements and also because renewing the diplomatic process is very important to me. I'm deliberating between Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni. I very much admire Livni but her having done nothing during the past term left me with a bad taste in my mouth. With Lapid, I like his ideas and his freshness. The question is whether he will really wield influence.

Sami Maslavi, owner of the Maslavi Construction Company:
I am undecided between Yesh Atid and Likud Beiteinu. We hear talk all the time but see no deeds.

Shimshon Harel, CEO and owner of America Israel Investments:
I am undecided between Likud-Beiteinu and Kadima. On the one hand, I think a large ruling party is needed but I expect that the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu will split up. On the other hand, I think a logical security policy is necessary and in my view Shaul Mofaz and Israel Hasson will lead that kind of policy.

Michael Eisenberg, a general partner at Benchmark Capital:
I intend to vote for Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi)
Politics needs new, young blood I am voting for Bennett on economic and social issues, not diplomatic issues. He's the only one with real management experience and the only one who has ever managed a budget. (Eisenberg donated NIS 44,000 to Naftali Bennett in the primaries of Habayit Hayehudi.)

Rami Levy at one of his stores.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
Adina Hacham wants to move beyond Likud.Credit: Eyal Toueg