I was born (1992) and raised in a secular, democrat-voting, Jewish family in Aurora, Illinois, USA. At the age of thirteen I visited Israel for the first time and knew that I was home. After highschool I made Aliyah (came home to Israel) and the adventure began: Kibbutzim, working the Land, learning Hebrew, volunteering, and hiking from Eilat to Metula were just the beginning. I drafted to the IDF and served as a lone soldier and a loader-radioman tank crew member. Living on a socialist Kibbutz and serving in the IDF turned me into a capitalist and a libertarian! Afterwards I studied Biophysics at Bar Ilan University.
An interesting turn of events led to me becoming more and more active politically, and today, at the age of 26, I am one of fifteen candidates who passed the previous steps and are running in Israel's first ever open primaries in the Zehut party. Click here to see my bio in English.
Zehut means identity in Hebrew, and indeed, the world, including Israel, has suffered a difficult identity crisis in the past few decades. The desire of many in Israel to flee from the authentic Jewish identity led to the invention of a "Palestinian" nationalism (which in reality is just part of pan-Arabism and pan-Islamism) that would take the Land of Israel away from the People of Israel. This was partially a "success" for the left through the Oslo process and the legitimization of the PLO terrorist organization which today Israel both *cooperates with and funds* - the "Palestinian Authority"! Our One State Solution is the answer to this absurd reality. The Palestinian Authority follows a blueprint strikingly similar to Islamic no-go zones in Europe...
The other main principle of the Zehut party is Liberty. We believe (and it's part of our Jewish identity) that government should be limited and that there should be as much personal and economic freedom as possible. This includes everything from free market to the right to bear arms to the legalization of cannabis. These views are generally called libertarian in the West.
These principles of Liberty and Identity may seem contradictory at first, but in reality they are two different dimensions that create a plane upon which a beautiful work of art can be painted. To what is this similar? One who has a foundation and walls can have a home, and he can choose to open his door to whom he wishes, and close the blinds when he wants privacy. One who has no foundation or walls certainly doesn't have a home, he is homeless. And the homeless man is completely open to the blowing of the wind and passersby - he has no Liberty to decide for himself the kind of life he wants to live.
Like I said before, we are painting brilliant policies based on these two principles - the party Chairman, the candidates, the activists, and many important people in the Israeli public. Each one does this in his own way.
I have a vision for the Golan Heights (which I have described in English articles for Zehut International) which will allow for the building of a new city, industrial center and other enterprises, and the settlement of one to two million Jews throughout the Golan - Olim and Israeli-born alike. This vision is completely in keeping with Zehut’s principles and platform. In my opinion, the Golan is a major part of the solution to the housing crisis that the party does not focus on enough.
I focus on Aliyah in general, mainly breaking down all of the barriers that prevent Aliyah. There is no reason that Israel shouldn’t be the biggest medical tourism destination in the world… but bureaucracy prevents this from happening. Israel should recognize every diploma and vocational training from every normal country in the world, even if they don’t recognize degrees from Israeli Universities! Why? Because I want to bring Olim, I don’t care about “fairness”!
The main barriers to Aliyah are Israel’s centralized economy, government monopoly on over 90% of the land, and over-regulation that is both the cause and the result of the two other barriers. I believe that all of Zehut’s members will work together to fix these issues, but I go into even smaller resolution and want to change policy in order to actively encourage Aliyah.
I am of course for a One State Solution and Israeli Sovereignty between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, as described in the party platform.
How will you bring voters to Zehut?
I am the only “Anglo” out of the fifteen candidates, so my target audience is half a million Anglos living in Israel. This is a demographic that is seldom targeted, yet they generally have higher political awareness and resonate with many aspects of Zehut’s platform.
As one who made Aliyah alone and served as a lone soldier, I am well aware of the issues facing new Olim. Even the second and third generation Anglos in Israel mostly have family in the US that they would like to see join them here, so this topic is still relevant.
My Golan policy also speaks to young families and small business who would like to build their family homes and enterprises in safe, secure, and bureaucracy-free swathes of land that my policy changes would free up.
So why should we vote for you?
I do not belong to anyone and my personal interest is that as much of Zehut’s platform will be implemented as possible, so that we may survive and thrive in the Land! I am staying to fight for our People - no matter what happens here. But I prefer that it will be pleasant and I want to establish a family here. I have a good understanding of who we’re up against and the mechanism that they employ - but also how to stop it and restore democracy.
In other words, I’m here to drain the Israeli Swamp!
I am young, so with your help, and with God’s help, I will have many years in the Knesset. This is critical, as the war for our Liberty and Sovereignty will last for many years.
Please donate to my campaign. The Israeli establishment has made strict campaign laws to prevent any outsiders from entering the Knesset. I am limited to about the equivalent of $10,000 for my campaign. So I intend to raise that amount and use it as effectively as possible for my campaign!
My campaign costs will include everything from business cards and fliers to parlor meetings and media interviews to public transportation. I live very humbly and work only five hours a day so that I have time to advance myself politically.
If I can get only 100 people to donate $100 each, I can easily reach my goal.
Please help with whatever you can. Even if you prefer a political party other than Zehut, if you identify with my message and want to hear it spread in the Israeli public, you should donate.