Zehut

Zehut
Leader: Moshe Feiglin
Current Seats: 0
Government/Opposition in Last Knesset: N/A (not in last Knesset)
Supports/Opposes Two-State Solution: Opposes

Zehut is a radical right political party founded in 2015 by Moshe Feiglin. It is known for its extremist positions on the Palestinians and for its support of marijuana legalization.

Zehut supports marijuana legalization, compelling Palestinians to leave the West Bank, and annulling the Oslo Accords.

Feiglin, a former Likudnik sidelined by Benjamin Netanyahu, failed to bring Zehut over the electoral threshold in the 2015 elections. However, most polls now project his party will make it into the next Knesset.

Zehut’s platform on the Palestinian conflict involves the annulment of the Oslo Accords and the reestablishment of direct Israeli military rule across all of the West Bank. Zehut also pushes for the removal of the Palestinian population by way of “incentivized transfer,” a sanitized term for the ethnic cleansing of the territory that suggests the local Arab population could be paid to leave. Those Palestinians who remain will be made permanent residents, not citizens, upon declaring allegiance to Israel. Under Zehut’s one state scenario, government buildings would be relocated from West Jerusalem to within the Old City and a synagogue would be built on the Temple Mount, presently home to the Dome of the Rock and al Aqsa Mosque.

Zehut opposes American military aid to Israel, making the case that such assistance makes Israel subordinate to U.S. foreign policy.

Moshe Feiglin, a former Likudnik, heads Zehut.

The marijuana legalization factor, part of the list’s broader libertarian agenda, cannot be ignored in Zehut’s sudden rise above the electoral threshold. Many voters who previously supported the Green Leaf party (a pro-legalization faction that never passed the threshold) could end up backing Zehut. In response to Zehut’s ascendance in the polls, other politicians including Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud), Ayelet Shaked (Hayamin Hehadash), and Avi Gabbay (Labor) have begun laying out policies on marijuana legalization to capitalize on the issue.