|MK Tzipi Hotovely address a crowd of English-speaking|
olim at a Likud Anglos event in Jerusalem in December.
JERUSALEM, December 12, 2010 – MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) told a group of mostly olim of English-speaking backgrounds that Israel should not be negotiating the issue of borders of a Palestinian state and called for the annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria. She also discussed the issue of IDF conversions, her background in politics, demographic issues, and political activism.
Hotovely made her remarks at an event held by Likud Anglos, which was billed as a “meet and greet” with MK Hotovely. The event was held at “Presentense” on Emek Refaim St. Approximately 90 people attended.
Hotovely, considered an up and coming member of the Knesset and the Likud, is a first-term Knesset member who chairs the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women. Hotovely is also the youngest member ever of the Knesset.
- To watch a video summary of the event click here.
- For full video of the event click here.
- To hear an Arutz Sheva interview with Hotovely just prior to the event click here.
- For a transcript of Hotovely’s address click here. (Coming soon!).
Foremost among the issues Hotovely discussed was the State of Israel’s territorial and negotiating policies. Hotovely called the 2005 Disengagement a “bad experiment” that ended in Gaza becoming a “little terror state.” “No one wants to see that happen in Judea and Samaria,” she told the audience.
Hotovely also called discussion of the potential borders of a Palestinian state “dangerous.” Hotovley argued that once borders are agreed upon, the Palestinians will be able to obtain international recognition for a unilateral declaration of statehood. Hotovely explained that while the Palestinians are currently lobbying the U.N. for recognition of Palestinian statehood, the international community wants Israeli agreement regarding borders, as established borders are one of the key features of a modern state. She said that Israel should oppose Palestinian unilateral efforts in the international not only by gaining an U.S. veto in the U.N. Security Council, but also by annexing areas of Judea and Samaria.
In response to a question, Hotovely said that it was time for Israel to declare that it does not want a Palestinian state not just because of potential security issues, but mainly because this is our land and it belongs to the Jewish people.
Hotovely also discussed her background and entry into politics. She said she comes from a Zionist Russian family who frevently awaited the collapse of the Soviet Union and prayed for the “iron gate to be opened” so that Jews could emigrate to Israel. As for her start in politics, she said she had originally intended to be an academic, but was personally picked by Benjamin Netanyahu to join the Likud.
At the conclusion of the event, Hotovely told the audience that “Anglos” – olim of English-speaking backgrounds – are an important part of the Likud and a bridge between American Jews and Israelis. She called upon the audience to “encourage more people to make aliyah” and to “influence . . . Israeli political life and . . . daily issues.” She called the audience of olim the “most ideological part of Israeli society”, because of the price they paid to make aliyah and live in Israel. She called on Likud Anglos to “be part of the . . . revolution of young people getting into politics,” as they are “the best ambassadors” whose “voice must be heard in Israeli society.”
The event with MK Hotovely was Likud Anglos first event in approximately two years. Daniel Tauber, an officer of Likud Anglos, called it a “revival” and called on the audience to join the Likud in order to play a role in the party and the future of Jewish people.