Jewish National Front

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Party ballot for the 2006 election

The Jewish National Front (Hebrew: חזית יהודית לאומית‎, Hazit Yehudit Leumit), commonly known in Israel by its Hebrew acronym, Hayil (Hebrew: חי"ל), is a far-right[1] political party in Israel.

History[edit]

The party was founded in January 2004 by Baruch Marzel. The party ran in the 2006 elections to the Knesset on a joint list with Professor Paul Eidelberg's Yamin Israel party but received less than the 2% minimum number of votes required to pass the threshold to receive representation.

Baruch Marzel was a senior activist for Kach, the most right-wing stream of nationalism in Israel, though Marzel was number two on Kleiner's Herut list for the 2003 Knesset elections.

In 2008, prior to the elections for the 18th Knesset, the party merged with Eretz Yisrael Shelanu, which, in turn, joined with the larger National Union (Israel) party. Jewish National Front representative Michael Ben-Ari was given the fourth spot on the list, and subsequently won a seat in the 18th Knesset in 2009. This marks the first time the Jewish National Front enjoyed Knesset representation.

Position[edit]

The party calls for a change in the country's electoral system so that Knesset members represent constituencies, rather than being elected on a party list system, as well as switching to a presidential system of government.[2]

It also supports preserving Israel as a Jewish state by increasing Jewish immigration, limiting immigration by people who are not Jewish according to Halakha, and Jewish education in public schools,[2] and is against territorial compromise, citing the stance of Rabbi Chaim Zimmerman, who wrote a halakhic discourse entitled "The Prohibition of Abandoning Land in Eretz Yisrael".[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Date for far right Umm el-Fahm march announced The Jerusalem Post, 2 December 2008
  2. ^ a b c Hazit: The Jewish National Front -- By Prof. Paul Eidelberg GalileeBlog, 7 December 2005

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