Post by Gilad Alper, #2 on the Zehut list for Knesset
Some of you may have heard about all sorts of disagreements within Zehut. Other parties certainly heard about these disagreements, and have even picked up the phone, come for coffee, made proposals, made promises. I have to admit that I wasn’t bored by these discussions. It’s always interesting to talk with people, and it’s flattering to hear proposals, certainly when we’re talking about promises of positions in the government. And the coffee we drank together? Simply terrific.
But meanwhile, two things happened. The disagreements in Zehut were resolved, as grown men and women do, and I had a little time to think about the alternatives. Could I, as a right wing liberal who places freedom at the top of my scale of values, sit with Rabbi Peretz and Smotrich in a party that clearly intends to force religious values on secular people? Certainly not. Do I have anything to look for in the Likud, a corrupt party that deals only with personal survival, along with Hayim Katz and the union heads? Of course not. Am I prepared to sit with Lieberman, and to ask myself difficult questions every night about the affairs he’s suspected of? Absolutely not. That being the case, what’s the answer?
I’m in my slot as number two on the Zehut list for Knesset, uncompromisingly committed to liberal values, to the image of Israel as a free state, legalization that will bring relief to the ill and end the persecution of cannabis users, deregulation that will lower the bureaucratic burden on small businesses, and a truly free economy that will make Israel truly great.
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