Josh Wander

What happened to the right wing in Israel?

Having spent decades analyzing the Israeli political system, I am amazed that few see, or at least speak about, what has happened to the right. There has been a dramatic shift to the left, where the left wing parties became extreme left. The so called centrist parties became left and center-left, and the right wing parties have all but disappeared!

I had been abroad for a dozen years and returned to a land void of any right wing representation. Now of course, there remains right wing individuals. But the ideology as a whole has seemingly vanished.

What they call the right today are parties that either accept a two state solution or some variance thereof. This would have been unheard of a decade ago. The Likud openly embraces the two state solution, while the “extreme right” Bayit Yehudi suggests just giving the areas A and B away. Avigdor Liberman is willing to trade Um Al Fahm…

Jerusalem? The eternal undivided capital of the Jewish People is on the chopping block! The Temple Mount? Have we lost our collective minds? Only the radical Muslim parties would have ever suggested such concessions in the past. Today it seems acceptable to come out of the mouths of “right-wingers”.

What happened to our national pride? Since when did we buy into the myth of Israel being an occupying force? Why do we continue to believe the Arab PR that denies our own right to exist?

This is shocking! Am I losing my mind? Did I miss something? Where are the Begins, Shamirs, Gandis? Where are the Moledet and Tchiya parties? It seems that they have been diluted to an almost unrecognizable collection of compromises.

What happened to Shtei Gadot L’Yarden? Sinai? Gush Katif? Where are the ideologues of the past that recognized our historic, cultural and (if I can be so unPC to say it…) God given right to Eretz Yisroel?

I know the constituency exists. Where are their representatives? Why aren’t there demonstrations in the streets? Has the entire right-wing been absconded away? Are they hiding somewhere underground?

I feel as if I am a relic of the past that still believes in these archaic concepts. Perhaps, someone like Choni Hamagal or Rip Van Winkle that has just woken up from a long sleep to find myself in an alternative reality.

All I know is when you have a large segment of the population that doesn’t feel like they are represented on the political spectrum, it is a recipe for disaster. Without that outlet, people become very frustrated and begin to act irrationally.

I pray that we find ourselves proper representatives before it is too late. Because, the disappointment and anger in the streets is palpable. Without a true right-wing to balance out the system, the entire system is skewed off balance and that isn’t healthy for any nation!

About the Author
Josh Wander received his Bachelor’s degree in Talmudic law from a prestigious rabbinical college in Jerusalem. He then served as a commander in the IDF and officer in the United States Air Force aux. before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs and a global studies certificate in conflict resolution with a regional concentration in the Middle East. Politically in Israel, he served as an adviser in the Israeli parliament and as the online content editor and political corespondent for The Jerusalem Post. In the US, he was an elected PA State Constable, an appointed Committeeman and a commissioned Notary Public. He was also the Republican nominee for mayor of Pittsburgh. Wander has been assigned and loyally served in global hot spots including: Iraq, Lebanon, Haiti, Northern Ireland and Israel. A certified NRA instructor and a Range Safety Officer, he founded Jewish Preppers and has been featured in the National Geographic series “Doomsday Preppers”.
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