When Benny Gantz made clear in late 2018 that he was interested in running for office, the independent general was courted by nearly all of the political parties, from right-wing Likud to left-wing Yesh Atid
Because as long as people live under occupation that denies them human rights and national rights we will not be able to achieve peace." The signatories also said that Israelis are exposed to a culture of "militarism" from a young age, and that they want to "change the entire system." The IDF has not formally responded to the letter, but Yesh Atid
MK Elazar Stern, a retired IDF major general, called the letter "sad" but "marginal.""I think our youth is committed enough to handle these marginal types.
In a joint statement issued earlier this week, the two groups hinted at what "victory" refers to: "Only Palestinian acknowledgment of the Jewish People's historic connection to the Land of Israel, and acceptance of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, will end the conflict," the statement reads, while affirming that "Israel should be encouraged to use all diplomatic, economic and military tools to end the conflict, while respecting humanitarian norms to achieve that acceptance." The Knesset Victory Caucus has 16 members from across the spectrum of Zionist parties, and is co-chaired by Oded Forer of Yisrael Beitenu and Yaakov Perry of the opposition Yesh Atid
International Development Secretary Priti Patel broke off from a summer holiday there to meet Yair Lapid, leader of the country's centrist Yesh Atid
The bill, proposed by Knesset members led Elazar Stern of the Yesh Atid
Party, was endorsed by the ministerial commission at pretext that the funds transferred to the families break the Oslo accord.
The head of the opposition Yesh Atid
Party, former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, said: "The disease of anti-Semitism has taken root inside the British Labour Party and the leadership seems both incapable and unwilling to tackle the problem".
"The next conflict in the north or south of Israel is just a matter of time," Yair Lapid, the leader of Yesh Atid
, an Israeli opposition party, told the foreign press this week.
According to the bill proposed by Yinon Magal, the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) member of the Knesset (parliament), and co-sponsored by members of the Knesset from Zionist Union, Yesh Atid
, Kulanu, United Torah Judaism, Shas and Likud, people from around the world who call for boycotting Israel, will not be able to receive visa or residency permits in territories it claims as its own or occupies.
Four parties are entering the opposition: the Zionist Union, the Joint List which groups Israel's main Arab parties, the centrist Yesh Atid
and the leftwing Meretz party.
A quarter of them support the center-right party Yesh Atid
. Moldova-born Avigdor Lieberman's radical right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu is supported by Russian-speaking Israelis.
The Joint Arab List, which saw for the first time the unity of four Arab parties including the southern branch of the Islamic Movement, came in as the largest third bloc with 14 seats, followed by Yesh Atid
, Kulanu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism, Meretz and Yahad.
The centrist Yesh Atid
of former finance minister Yair Lapid and the far-right Jewish Home were both expected to win at least 11 seats.