I’ve gotten a bit of a crash course in the way Israelis advocate for their political favorites during election season. It’s essentially different than the way Americans do it. Sure, there’s some irrational faith in the positions the leading candidates take and then some bitterness, but it’s not as eviscerating as it is in Israel. The passion I’ve seen as Beytenu-Likudniks and HaBayit HaYehudi-supporters battle each other is mesmerizing, especially since they’ve got so many similar positions.
Sure, Bennett wants to Annex Area C; I get it. Even though he’s dropped hints about his other positions, his supporters seem most enthusiastic about this position in particular. He’s talked about economics, the draft and every other issue across the board. But whenever I want more info or ask people on social networks to talk about the party’s other positions, this video is what I usually get as a response:
As well thought out as it is, I’m not expecting this to happen any time soon; yet, it still gets the most attention of all his party’s positions, both in support and opposition. If I mention HaBayit HaYehudi isn’t as extreme as people think, then I’ll also get this video as a response: they’re simply right-wing extremists.
The party has some other positions, which they’ve listed in Hebrew. There are a couple that go hand-in-hand with their unique look at the West Bank, but they clearly have others.
I’m not saying this to people who aren’t currently supporting HaBayit HaYehudi; rather, the party’s own supporters. There’s a lot of talk the party is stealing votes from the right, but positions on equal access to full education and reducing the power of the upper class to manipulate prices certainly aren’t restricted to the ideas of the right wing of politics.
Place more emphasis on these ideas and the party won’t just have to struggle to take votes from Yisrael Beytenu and Likud.