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Thursday, March 19, 2015

What did in the Yahad Party?

There were a combination of factors that contributed to the failure of the Yahad party this election.


  1. The new law requiring a 3.25% minimum threshold
  2. Very high voter turnout
  3. Complacency due to incorrectly assuring poll numbers
  4. The one-sided attacks from the Shas party and Eli Yishai's unwillingness (or given instructions not) to attack back with full force (which I'm not saying is a bad thing, but a contributing factor)
  5. The inability to get Rav Auerbach Shlit"a to support it the day before the election
  6. Last minute panic to vote Likud to ensure it was the biggest party
Their platforms were sound, their adherence to Da'at Torah unquestionable, and their Middot were exemplary.  No other political party behaved as well as its members did during an election for as long as I can remember.  And the attempt to foster Ahdut in Kelal Yisrael by taking members from all different segments of the population is a great lesson for us all.

Congratualtions to the Shas party for earning 7 seats and to UTJ for earning 6 seats.  Torah is being represented by 13 seats in the Knesset.  I hope those seats will be used to sanctify Hashem and not H"V the opposite.

As far as Yahad goes, it was not meant to be.  Hashem had other plans.  Maybe those other plans involve something much bigger.  We'll need to wait and see.


At Thu Mar 19, 01:44:00 PM 2015, Anonymous RAM said...

How does a minor splinter party achieve national achdut in a short time? This is either a long-term project or it's nothing.

At Thu Mar 19, 02:13:00 PM 2015, Blogger yaak said...

It didn't achieve national ahdut (unfortunately, the only things that do that nowadays are tragedies), but it created a microcosm of national ahdut in a party that all other groups should emulate. If they do, we will achieve national ahdut. So, yes, it's a long-term project.

At Thu Mar 19, 04:00:00 PM 2015, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Baruch Marzel, the evening of election day, voted in the Officers for Mashiach ben David election held at Heichal David next to King David's tomb. He seemed just as interested in that event hosted by Rav Yitzchak Ginsburgh Shlit'a as he was in the actual Israeli elections being held on the same day. So there is the key when everyone will get together, and it is only a few months away in the "distant" future.

Also numbers 5. and 6. were the greatest contributing factors. Especially consider that Bayit Yehudi likely shed 5 of its 13 predicted seats to Likud on election day because of Bibi's clarion call for Mandates. Yachad shed one of its four predicted seats to Likud because of the same clarion call, and that was all she wrote.

And I saw some of those fliers for Rav Auerbach in Ramot. The fliers were coercive (threatening?) to put it mildly NOT to vote at all.

At Thu Mar 19, 04:01:00 PM 2015, Blogger Devorah Chayah said...

I'm not sure I agree with fighting the vote fraud, but a case can be made for and against. I don't think it will change anything. When you really stop and think about it, did we REALLY believe they would let Marzel get anywhere near the Knesset?

At Thu Mar 19, 04:18:00 PM 2015, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

And yes, there was cheating. In Kochav Yakov, the police had to come to the polls because ballot paper slips for Keitz (Yachad) had "mysteriously" disappeared from a few of the voting booths!! So when I arrived, I saw a lot of police at the polls. They had just arrested the person that they claimed was a Shas operative for stealing the piles of the slips of Keitz ballot paper. In Kochav Yakov, this was particularly bitter because about 32% of the voters in KY voted for Yachad and about 32% voted for Shas. But it was not one sided. When I arrived home, I saw a pile of Shas ballot slips on the sidewalk outside of my house!!

At Thu Mar 19, 05:18:00 PM 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt, there was fraud! No way would they allow for Yachad to make it to the knesset with even a minimum; this way assuring themselves that they will be gone by the next election. This is how they think. But, everything is from H' and was not meant to be because Yachad is on a different and higher level than all the parties and would be like a kosher concession in a big treife restaurant, sitting right in its middle and having to share their treife oven. Will not and cannot work. H' has His plans, but all who voted for this emmesdik'e party should still feel real good about themselves. They did the right thing.


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