Tuesday, August 15, 2006

HOT OFF THE SHOW: A New Political Party in Israel Forming

My guest today, Avi Lipkin, author and former IDF Officer under Prime Minister Yizhak Shamir, is forming a new political party in Israel, the Judeo-Christian Party, that he envisions taking over a dozen seats in the Knesset in the next election. He also envisions Jews and Christians working arm and arm.

He says that Christians have had no voice in Israel's primary legislative body, but his party "will have Christian activists and Christian candidates running for the Knesset ... because the Christian population in Israel has grown in the last 15 years from two percent to eight percent of Israel's voting population."

Currently, Muslims basically represent 15 percent of Israel's population and have 12 members on the Knesset. "The reason I'm forming this party is because Israel is a multi-party system, and none of the parties in Israel have any kind of Christian representation. Christians are serving the army, risking their lives on the battlefield alongside their Jewish brethren," he says. "It cannot be that eight percent of the population is not represented in the Knesset."

Will it work? We'll be watching to see.

Hear the show (See 8/14/06)


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