Telem (2019 political party)
The Telem Party (Hebrew: תנועה לאומית ממלכתית or as an acronym, Tnua Leumit Mamlachtit, lit., National Statesman-like Movement), is a centre-right political party in Israel formed by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, which was registered on 2 January 2019 and ran in the April 2019 Knesset elections as part of the Blue & White alliance.
|Founded||2 January 2019|
|National affiliation||Blue & White|
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In the wake of conflicts with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Hebron shooting incident and Yisrael Beiteinu joining Netanyahu's coalition, Moshe Ya'alon left his defense minister post in May of 2016 "amidst wide-spread speculation that he would be fired by Netanyahu". On 12 March 2017, Ya'alon officially relinquished his membership of Likud, announcing that he will form a new party to challenge Netanyahu in the upcoming 2019 election.
The party was named in remembrance of former Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and his party, Telem. Ya'alon said "he was a soldier for Israel for decades, and he would continue to serve the public in his new party".
In advance of the elections, Telem merged with the Israel Resilience Party and Yesh Atid. Ya'alon was positioned third on the new united list, known as the Blue & White alliance. The party received 5 seats in the April 2019 Knesset elections, out of 35 seats that the entire alliance received.
The party's goals as laid out by it's registration papers are:
- Strengthening and fortifying the State of Israel in the Land of Israel as a Jewish, democratic, secure, prosperous and moral state, while fostering Jewish-Zionist education and values and electing honest leadership committed to the welfare of the State and its citizens irrespective of religion, race, sex or gender.
- Ensuring the sovereignty and security of the State of Israel and the security of all its citizens. The party will strive to achieve true peace between the State of Israel and its neighbors.
- Supporting a free and open economy.
- Working to improve the development of the state's infrastructure and services and the welfare of the country's citizens and to reduce bureaucracy and regulation for the welfare of the citizens of Israel in all areas of life: health, education, housing, transportation, national infrastructure, settlement, agriculture, welfare, personal security and industry.
- Acting to redetermine national priorities in planning and financing, while maximizing the utilization of national resources and working to meet goals.
- Cultivating culture and sports in an egalitarian and representative manner, giving priority to the allocation of resources and investment in populations with disabilities, elderly and the youth.
The party puts a big emphasis on increasing settlement in Israel's disputed areas. During a visit to the West Bank settlement Leshem, The party's leader Moshe Ya'alon said: "It is our right to settle in the entire land of Israel". Zvi Hauser, one of the party's MKs, was the head of the Israeli Golan Coalition, an organisation which works for increasing Jewish settlement in the Golan Heights.
|Leader||Took office||Left office|
|Election year||Coalition||Party Leader||# of overall votes||% of overall vote||# of overall seats
|2019||Blue and White||Moshe Ya'alon||1,125,667||26.13 (#2)||
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