Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Israeli Election 6: Stav Shaffir reads Naftali Bennet the riot Act!

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Like similar speeches in democratic legislative assemblies around the world, Stav Shaffir delivered this rip-snorter of a speech to a mostly empty Knesset chamber (Jan. 21, 2015).  It takes away some of the drama. Nevertheless, the video has gone viral in Israel.   

Shaffir is in fourth position on the current Zionist Camp (Labor/Hatnua) list. At 29 she is the youngest member of the Knesset. She has battled for, and been successful, at bringing about greater transparency in the Israeli national budget.  

Haaretz has some of her background: 
Shaffir’s comments were an unplanned response to statements made by the head of the religious right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party, Naftali Bennett, she told Haaretz this week. “It was completely improvised,” she said. “We had come to the Knesset to vote on raising the minimum wage, when Naftali Bennett got up and started attacking my party. It made me really angry, and I decided I had to respond.” 
The fact that the video of that impromptu speech went viral, said Shaffir, proves to her that “the Israeli public yearns for politics of hope and is sick of the politics of despair.” 
That was little more than a week after Shaffir proved her overwhelming popularity within the party. She placed No. 2 in the January 14 Labor primary, giving her the fourth spot on the Zionist Camp ticket, the joint slate merging Isaac Herzog’s Labor with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah — just one rung below Herzog, Livni and former party chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich.

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