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What about Kahane?

Reader comment on item: What will the future political landscape look like in Israel in the aftermath of the Winograd report?

Submitted by PT (United States), May 10, 2007 at 00:11

From kahane.org:

Rabbi Kahane was elected to Knesset in 1984. He headed the quickest growing party in Israel's history. Polls predicted him receiving as many as 12 seats in the 1988 elections. If he would not have been banned from participating in the elections he would have turned in to the third largest party in Israel, on the way to becoming its next Prime Minister. Likud and Labor joined together and banned Kahane from the 1988 elections.

Do you believe that Kahane's party could have been a serious third party? What do you think of Israel's decision to ban him?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

No, it could not have, given that far more moderate conservative parties than his have made no heaqway.

I find it strange that Kach was banned, given the anti-Zionist Arab parties that are represented in the IsraelI parliament.

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