Meet the Candidate: Alexander Elman
I was born in the USSR in 1977. In 1993, when I was 15, I made Aliyah to Israel from Latvia in the youth Aliyah program, Na’aleh.
Army service – Giv’ati
After the army I learned photography at the Hadassah College in Jerusalem.
I joined Zehut because it is the only political party in Israel that advocates a strong national identity while simultaneously advocating personal liberty and true liberal values.
What do you bring to Zehut?
I joined Zehut and decided to run in the primaries because I understood that I no longer have the right to remain on the sidelines. The minimum that I have to do – is the maximum that I can do to restore Israel’s lost identity and to liberate our economy from the yoke of socialism. To restore liberty to Israel’s citizens and to rebuild the Nation of Israel under the flag of culture and tradition and not under the flag of coercion and an artificial ‘melting pot’.
What are the main issues on which you will focus?
I would like to focus on the struggle against the judicial revolution of Israel’s High Court. As I see it, this is the first, vital stage that must be accomplished in order to succeed with the reforms and strategies that Zehut is proposing.
I think it is very important for citizens to run their own lives. Non-interference of the State in religious and other civil matters. Reduction of government regulation in the economy and civil matters to the minimum. Public relations for Israel inside the country and abroad. It is very important not to allow the Arab lies to dominate. Every falsehood must be replaced by the truth. And after the falsehood has been eliminated, the truth has to be continuously heard – loud and clear – throughout the world.
How will you attract voters to Zehut?
I have already registered tens of people to Zehut and I will continue to do so by means of deep knowledge of the Zehut platform, ability to convince people and patience.
Why should we vote for you?
If you vote for me, you will get a strongly ideological MK who knows how to stand firm. Who doesn’t capitulate to pressure. I will work tirelessly for the Land of Israel, for the citizens of Israel and for the implementation of the plan and reforms that are so vital for our country’s prosperity.
On the Threshold : By Alexander Elman
I decided to write this post after my Facebook friend Avigdor Jardeni wrote the following: "If there's the slightest change that Zehut will pass the threshold, I'll vote for them." I've heard similar expressions often in my discussions with people, and I've seen them in posts and responses. But in the same breath, many of them add, "But Zehut has no chance."
At the beginning of August, a poll was published by Camille Fuchs at the request of the Zehut Party. The poll revealed two very interesting points.
1. Only 29% of the public know that the Zehut Party exists.
2. Even supporters of Zehut don't believe we will win, and are afraid to waste their vote on a party that isn't going to get into the Knesset.
Let's start with the second piece of information:
According to the poll, when asked the standard question: "Who would you vote for if elections were being held today?", Zehut receives 2.4 mandates (2% of the votes), and doesn't pass the threshold. But! When they asked them the same question, and added as a given that Zehut would pass the threshold, the result was entirely different: Zehut received 6.3 mandates (5.25% of the votes), well over the threshold.
What can we learn from this information?
3.25% of voters want to vote for Zehut, but won't, because they don't believe it will succeed. 3.25%. That *is* the threshold!
Those voters who are "sitting on the fence" are enough all by themselves to put Zehut into the Knesset. And let's not forget about those who have already decided to vote for Zehut in any case.
I call on all those who are "sitting on the fence" and waiting for someone else to ensure that Zehut enters the Knesset:
Get off the fence! Someone else? That's you! Announce your support for Zehut publicly! Then we won't have to worry about the threshold.
Is that the potential of the party according to this poll? In order to answer this question, let's talk about the first piece of information.
Only 29% of those asked knew of the existence of the Zehut Party. That means that 71% of them heard about Zehut for the first time *from the poll*. They don't know what the Zehut Party is proposing. They don't know its positions on all the important subjects in national life. It's true that 84% of those asked had heard of Moshe Feiglin, Zehut's chairman. But we all know what kind of image the media has tried to stick him with over the past two decades. More than once, I've mentioned Moshe's name in discussion with others, and I've immediately gotten the reaction, "So you're extremists!" And only after explaining our actual positions do these people change their minds, many of them becoming supporters of Zehut themselves.
So let's go back to those 71% who haven't heard about the Zehut Party. They don't recognize the party. Most of them only know what they've heard about its chairman through the media. So it's reasonable to assume that Zehut didn't receive very many votes from those 71% in the poll, if any at all.
You're probably asking: "What difference does that make?"
This is a significant piece of information. Basically, Zehut received 5.25% of the votes of 29% of those polled. In other words, 18% of those who have heard of the existence of the Zehut Party want to vote for Zehut. 18% is 21 mandates!
This is the true potential hidden behind the numbers. That's what we should be aiming for.
So what do we need to do?
First, get off the fence. Start exposing as many people as you can to the party. Tell friends, write and share posts on social networks, write Zehut-ist responses. Pay no attention to the skeptics and the giggles. In the end, the support for the party among those who have been existed to the ideas of Zehut is extremely high.
If we succeed, in a joint effort, to expose 100% of the public to Zehut, not only will we get into the Knesset; we will become a significant force that everyone will have to take into account.
It's all up to us!
Alexander Elman Candidate for the Zehut Primaries Head of the Russian Speakers Division of the Party
Why Zehut shouldn't unite with "Otzma L'Yisrael" or "Bayit Yehudi"
By Alexander Elman
I hope that no one thinks that Zehut is made up of evil subversives who want nothing more than to throw as many right wing votes as possible into the trash.
Apparently there's a reason why Zehut doesn't consider it appropriate to unit with "Otzma" or with Bayit Yehudi. In fact, there is such a reason.
It makes sense for political parties to unite when two conditions apply:
1. When the parties have one central issue of paramount importance, which overshadows any other disagreements.
2. When the parties are fighting for the same voting population, so that splitting the votes can result in a reduction in the strength of the parties individually, to the point of not making it past the threshold.
The first condition applies to a minor extent. The second condition doesn't apply at all.
Let's start with the first condition.
The Arab-Israeli problem is undoubtedly very important. But it definitely isn't the only issue in the Zehut platform. It's not for nothing that it was left for the seventh section of the platform. There are sections preceding it devoted to:
Reducing the government Reforming the judicial system Reforming Bituach Leumi Reforming the municipal structure (the community program) Reforming relations between religion and the state Reforming the education system (vouchers method) Comprehensive tax reform Sharp reduction of regulations Reforming military service
I haven't finished listing the subjects, but that should suffice to understand the principle involved.
Neither Bayit Yehudi nor Otzma L'Yisrael have clear stances on all of the above subjects. Moreover, I have good reason to assume that when it comes to most if not all of these subjects, we find ourselves on opposite sides of the ideological divide.
Let's go to the second condition.
The division into left and right in Israel differs from the same division in the rest fo the Western world. In western countries, it is a socio-economic distinction. Left = Socialism. Right = Liberalism* (it should be pointed out that in Europe, in recent years, due to the flood of Muslim immigrants, this clear picture has begun to shift, something that has enabled an increase in the strength of national socialist parties such as Marie La Pen's party).
In Israel, on the other hand, the division into right and left is defined entirely in terms of the Arab-Israel conflict. There are liberals who are left wing and liberals who are right wing. There are socialists who are right wing and socialists who are left wing.
But! The disagreement about socio-economic issues hasn't disappeared. It has simply been pushed to the back by more urgent issues.
In recent years, due to the rise in the cost of living and because of the growing disappointment in the "peace process", the socio-economic disagreement has more and more taken a prominant role. This has been the case on the left, particularly with Lapid, but more and more voters in the liberal branch of the Labor Party want liberal economic reform. There are also those who have grown disappointed and no longer believe in the "peace process".
These people continue to "park" on the left, because the right doesn't really offer an alternative of its own.
What's the difference between the "Kan corporation" and the broadcast authority?
What's the difference between regulation of anything that moves by the left and the same thing from the Likud government?
In the education system, there is a war over narrative, instead of engaging in comprehensive reform.
Unions don't care about left and right.
The Supreme Court... well, let's not even go there.
And what's the difference between Bibi's "two states" and the "two states" of the left?
Only the Zehut Party offers a true alternative for all the subjects that concern this group of voters. The electoral strength of these voters is enormous, and can represent dozens of seats.
The Zehut Party will already be able to take 3-4 seats away from the left in the coming elections. The Likud and Bayit Yehudi will also have to "share" with us. We will take seats from them as well. (It doesn't seem as though Otzma L'Yisrael needs to worry about Zehut. That's a different group of voters.) But the relationship between the right and the left is going to experience a very significant change. I don't need to explain to you the significance of 4 additional seats for the right in the Knesset. And those aren't seats from the Likud. They are seats of those faithful to the Land of Israel, who will prevent any attempt to destroy towns in Judea and Samaria or transfer parts of our land to our enemies.
But none of that will happen if Zehut unites with Bayit Yehudi or Otzma L'Yisrael. A unnion of that sort will simply push that group of voters back to the left. They'll go back to voting for Lapid and for Labor.
And now for the important part.
I call on everyone who is reading this post! Ask yourselves, and answer as honestly as possible: Do you want the programs in the Zehut platform to find their way into our lives in Israel?
If the answer is "yes," then support us! Join Zehut! Convince others to join. Don't wait for others to do the work. The others? That's you!
If the answer is "I don't care. The only thing that interests me is the Arab-Israeli conflict," then at least don't get in our way. Don't get in our way, and we'll strengthen the right with a number of additional seats that we'll take from the left.
And if the answer is "no," then there's no reason for us to unite in the first place. Such a union would only damage the right.
I hope I've answered the question of why Zehut shouldn't unite with "Otzma L'Yisrael" or "Bayit Yehudi".
Alexander Elman Candidate for the Zehut primaries Head of the Russian Speakers Department of the party