David Brent
David Brent

Why this Likudnik is no longer voting Likud

I am a Likudnik. But there is no longer a Likud to vote for.

The Likud is supposed to unite the liberal conservative Zionist movement. We are not united. Bibi Netanyahu has driven us apart. He has driven the entire country apart. Religious against Secular. Right against Left. He has even pushed away Diaspora Jews with his embrace of the Ultra-Orthodox and their rejection of modern Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Rabbinical leadership.

It is no longer a question of values, rather a question of how Bibi can retain power.

The entire movement cannot depend on one man. But this is what Bibi has done. He has driven out every person from our party who could threaten his leadership. Bennet, Lieberman, and now Gideon Sa’ar. This is only a small part of the list of talented members of Likud who are no longer part of Likud. Even Benny Begin, the son of our great prime minister, Menachem Begin, is no longer part of the Likud. He cannot stand to serve under Benjamin Netanyahu.

Four elections in two years. I no longer trust that Bibi is putting the best interest of our people ahead of his own interests. Had he kept his agreement with Gantz, our country would have a budget. We have no budget. There is only one person to blame.

This country needs a leader who will put the country ahead of his own ego. A leader who can bring together the secular and the religious, the right and the left, and even the Arabs and the Jews. I believe that Yair Lapid is the best choice to reunite us. He knows how to bring talented people into his circle. He shares my values.

Yesh Atid.

About the Author
David Brent is a NASA engineer with a master's and bachelor's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology turned candy entrepreneur. He made aliya in the spring of 2013. David commutes between Israel, where his heart is, and Florida, where his business is.
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