Monday, January 14, 2013

Likud Beitenu Renews Attacks on Bayit Yehudi

The Likud renewed and amplified one of its main claims against Bayit Yehudi – that the party did not believe in women's rights, and would impose religious strictures on their behavior.

A new ad appearing Monday on the Internet claimed that the number 13 candidate on the Bayit Yehudi list, Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, “opposes women singing in public. The ad includes a link to an online article that purports to “reveal” Horowitz's “true beliefs.” The campaign against Horowitz joins another one that purports to portray other members of Bayit Yehudi as anti-women, a theme that has appeared numerous times in TV ads broadcast by the Likud.

Also slamming Bayit Yehudi Monday was Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat, who accused Bennett of “stealing” the Likud's project to encourage cultural events around the country. According to Livnat, the Bennett plan, which seeks to “export” serious cultural events from Tel Aviv to the periphery. Livnat pointed out that the Likud government has for the past four years done exactly that, citing statistics that show how millions of shekels have been spent on cultural events in the Galilee and Negev.