Election promises

Susan and I went to a hustings in Ra’anana tonight, held at Ohel Ari shul.

Put on by the Jerusalem Post and the Jewish Outreach Center of Ra’anana (aka Rabbi Stewart Weiss), the hustings featured candidates from (in alphabetical order):

  • Bayit Yehudi
  • Labor
  • Likud
  • Meretz
  • Yesh Atid
  • Yisrael Beitenu.

The Kulanu candidate did not turn up, but sent apologies.

Rabbi Weiss was responsible for chairing the proceedings. The proceedings began with a question (about peace negotiations) that every candidate had five minutes to answer. Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) was the only one who stayed inside the limit.

Proceedings continued with a second question – this time about whether it was right to encourage aliyah from France in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks – and again, it rather seemed as if the ability to mark the passage of time was lacking in the candidates and the chairman.

Then Rabbi Weiss started taking questions from the audience.

OK. So this is what I learned from tonight: