As Israel goes to the polls Tuesday, here’s a selection of recent op-eds written for The Times of Israel by leading candidates. Find plenty more in our Ops & Blogs section.
To Israelis by choice: Take back the future, by Yair Lapid (leader of Yesh Atid)
Excerpt: The Yesh Atid party represents the spirit of Zionism which built Israel in its early years. Its commitment to creating a true “light unto the nations” was the new country’s reason for being. It still is, more than 60 years later, but some have forgotten. Luckily, you have not, and neither have we.
Why I oppose a Palestinian state, by Yair Shamir (No. 4 on the Likud-Beytenu list)
Excerpt: The fact of the matter is that a Palestinian state would not only fail to bring peace and stability to the region, but would increase the tension and usher in permanent instability to the region. Such a state would immediately ally itself with and become a client of rivals and enemies of America such as Iran, would harm American, Israeli, and even Arab interests.
I’ve come to fight for peace, by Tzipi Livni (leader of Hatnua)
Excerpt: The citizens of the State of Israel deserve better. They deserve more than life between rounds of violence. I’ve come to fight for Israel. I’m not fighting against anything – I’m fighting for all of us. It’s time to drop the discourse of fear and threats by external enemies and replace it with talk of hope and unity and a shared vision within.
Setting the record straight, by Jeremy Gimpel (No. 14 on the Jewish Home list)
Excerpt: Every Friday night during this election season, different parties have taken shots at the Jewish Home, leaving us defenseless for 24 hours not being able to respond until Saturday night as the party refrains from any media interviews during the Sabbath. It’s dirty politics and people are sick and tired of it. We are offering an alternative… We have run a positive campaign aimed at uniting all sectors in Israel. We let our ideas and platform speak for itself.
Only Shelly can replace Bibi, by Yitzhak Herzog (No. 2 on the Labor list)
Excerpt: Labor is committed to increasing the minimum wage, regulating capital markets effectively, enforcing labor laws, helping small and midsize businesses, improving the public education system, and reducing income inequality more generally so that working families can do better. Labor has declared that within three months from forming the government it will commence direct negotiations with the Palestinians without preconditions. We see an urgent need to implement the two state solution for the well-being of Israel.