Eretz Yisrael Shelanu

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Eretz Yisrael Shelanu
ארץ ישראל שלנו
Leader Shalom Dov Wolpo
Founded 11 November 2008
Ideology Religious Zionism
Political position Far-right
Alliance National Union (2009-2013)
Most MKs 1 (2009–2012)
Fewest MKs 1 (2009–2012)

Eretz Yisrael Shelanu (Hebrew: ארץ ישראל שלנו‬, lit., Our Land of Israel) is a far-right religious party in Israel.[1][2][3] Founded by Chabad Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo and Baruch Marzel[4] on 11 November 2008, it seeks to prevent both the creation of a Palestinian state as well as the dismantling of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In 2008, in anticipation of the 2009 Knesset elections, Wolpe and his party merged with Baruch Marzel's Jewish National Front. The Knesset list was topped by Wolpe, Marzel, and Israeli musician Ariel Zilber. In the weeks prior to the election, the joint list agreed to run as part of the National Union list, with Michael Ben-Ari, its representative, taking the 4th spot on the alliance's list. The Union won four seats, allowing Ben-Ari to enter the Knesset.

On 27 October 2010, violence broke out at the town of Umm al-Fahm between Eretz Yisrael Shelanu marchers and Arab counter-protesters.[5]

In 2012, Ben-Ari and Aryeh Eldad of Hatikva, another member party of the National Union, announced their decision to leave the alliance and form Otzma LeYisrael.[6] Ben-Ari left Eretz Yisrael Shelanu, and leading up to the 2013 Knesset elections, party leader Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo announced his support of HaBayit HaYehudi. Subsequently, leading Haredi rabbis Ya'akov Yosef and David Meir Drukman announced cessation of support of Eretz Yisrael Shelanu.


  1. ^ Moledet breaks from newly formed Bayit Hayehudi The Jerusalem Post, 18 December 2008
  2. ^ Profile: Our Land of Israel Al-Jazeera, 27 October 2010
  3. ^ Israeli police clash with Arab youths The Guardian, 27 October 2010
  4. ^ Efrat Weiss. Marzel, Rabbi Wolpo to run for Knesset. YNet News 15 December 2008
  5. ^ Profile: Our Land of Israel. MWC News, 28 October 2010
  6. ^ "Ben-Ari Leaves National Union, Will Run with Eldad". Arutz 7. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 

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