Likud’s Pavlovian response, as was bluntly sent to reporters, by the chairman of the coalition MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), demonstrated the difference between right and left and reminded how discussing is a visible chauvinism during the elections. “Would you give a nerd, who with 15 seats closed a shared-PM- agreement with one that won’t pass the threshold, to manage peace negotiations on your behalf?”
Elkin is not elegant. He wasn’t even able to name Tzipi Livni. He sat with that “one” at the same coalition just couple of days ago, and she was the first one with which Likud hurried to close the deal two years ago. Later he said that Herzog and Livni will split the Premiership as if it was a kindergarten’s cupcakes. He also FBed a their face mashup ,calling them “The Beauty and The Geek.” Kindergarten indeed.
Misogyny atmosphere on the right couldn’t gone unnoticed following the Herzog-Livni merger, by now aka the as the “Herz״l” (using their initials).
Hanoch Daum, top columnist and a close ally of the Netanyahus immediately wrote on his FB “from a feminist point of view least, the union of Herzog and Livni is important. Still, two females now head this new party, that’s an important statement.”
Daum mixes it all. feminists, Herzog as a woman. In the background stands what is disgustingly obvious for Daum: if there are women at the top, we’re doomed. Laughter in the kindergarten.
This violent style of Likudinks put some shadow on a certain truth. Herzog is talking about negotiations, while Netanyahu & Elkin aren’t interested in any negotiations. This is the essence of Elkin’s statements; if Herzog allegedly sells his party to Livni, he’ll sell the state for everything.
The campaign style, belligerent against women, engaging in their visual appearance and properties, can be found constantly on Elkin’s Facebook wall. In another previous FB status, the same Elkin (unbelievable that this is his own writings) ridiculed Labour’s Yechimovitch (Formerly Labour’s chief) past hairstyle writing that other than “her cut, nothing have changed within Labour ranks”
If this is the direction of the Likud campaign, to mock women politician looks, then it all starts to resemble the War on Women, as was leading some of the US elections cycles in recent years.
Likud can easily seen as a party that is oblivious to women. The Party Central Committee composed of 90% men. There are no women in Netanyahu’s immediate advisory circles. He travels out of the country surrounded by a all-white-light-orthodocs-males. Perah Lerner, his legislation liaison and the only woman on the second tier of consultants, was not promoted to the then-desired position of Cabinet-Secretery. There were only few women on the Likud list to the 19th Knesset (relative to other parties, except Shas and United Torah Judaism). And this week with the departure of Limor Livnat, the most senior woman politician on the right, with whom the Likud will run?
This post was first published in Saloona
Translated by: Noa Raz Zehavi