Yesterday the Knesset came to Petah Tiqva, as representatives of 8 political parties attended a special event at our Chen Young Ambassadors school. Gilad Alpar (Zehut), Dan Shaham (Gesher), Meirav Ben Ari (Kulanu), Yevgeni Soba (Yisrael Beitenu), Michael Michaeli (Shas), Shuli Mualem (Yemin Hahadash), Penina Tamano (Kahol-Lavan), and Amir Ohana (Likud) presented their parties’ platforms and positions and answered questions from students, alumni, and parents, as well as moderator Eliran Tal. The candidates expressed how impressed they were with the level of political awareness of the students, and expressed hope and optimism on meeting future leaders of Israel.
Mr. Ron Katz, Deputy mayor and head of the educational department for Petah Tiqva, opened the evening with a warm welcome and emphasized the importance of youth participation in politics and public service. Mrs. Rachel Amrani, Principal of the Chen Young Ambassadors School, emphasized the need to educate and to have respectful debates to hear different opinions and accept alternative viewpoints. She connected this in particular to the upcoming elections, which have led to alienating and polarizing public discourse and political campaigns.
Among the questions that the candidates addressed were:
“As an LGBTQ Knesset member who opposed the “surrogacy law” that passed last summer, due to its discriminating against LGBTQ citizens, why didn’t you take action within the Likud to promote greater equal rights treatment?” (to MK Amir Ohana, from Aviv Liverant and Niv Geva)
“How can you promote a 2 state solution with Jerusalem as the sole capitol of Israel, if Palestinians see it as the capital of a potential Palestinian state?” (to MK Penina Tamano, from Tal Zaidman)