Don't throw away your vote
Well that's why I'd like to say that, for anyone who feels the same way he does, while I hadn't thought to discuss it earlier, don't worry, I am well aware that Zevulun Orlev has been an appalling botch as a party leader in the past two years, and led to a lot of people being alienated from the NRP, and whether or not his words in an interview with the ultra-leftist Jerusalem Post, which JoeSettler writes about here, were warped, he still managed to undermine the party in what goofs he did. But you see, that's pretty much why now, he's practically had to agree to a merger, because yes, what he did, by not taking any clear positions, and running the gauntlet of taking defeatist ones, he ultimately led to the very likely chance that, if the NRP were to run on its own in the coming elections, they wouldn't stand a chance. When seeing how, in some election polls, the NRP was going down to as few as three seats, that's how the chances that the National Religious Party would not survive became apparent. And best of all is that, if needed, the National Union, in the deal they made, was able to put a clamp on Orlev, ensuring that he'd have to stay with 'em for the next few years.
My point here? It's that, whatever our misgivings on what certain politicians have done in the past, we cannot let our misgivings keep us from voting, since, in a time when an emergency crisis is flaring up, with the Hamas encroaching on our doorstep and Iran's nukes also becoming a dangerous and very likely threat, that's why it's important that we do what we can to ensure a good majority for the Israeli right, so that it can deal with and face the terrorist and nuclear threat effectively.
And another thing: do we want a national referendum law for the country, which can be helpful? That's another reason why, whatever party you choose to vote for, it'd be very strongly advised to vote in order to help it to be drafted properly, and passed.
Also: I am not trying to whitewash Netanyahu, BUT, as I said earlier, anyone reading this who's also got misgivings about Netanyahu during his earlier tenure should note that it was largely due to the meddling of the would-be defense minister Yitzhak Mordecai, trojan horse inside the government that he was, who was later convicted of sexual assault, and deservedly so. And the mainstream media was also largely to blame for undermining Netanyahu back then. The MSM, that we'd be better off without.
Now, on the subject of the National Union/NRP merger again, if there's anything in it that can help the National Union side, it's the NRP's institutions, which they have a couple of. And there are, I'm so glad, some good folks still in the NRP, whom I'll be even happier if they can do their best to ensure goodness for Israel's citizens.
Let me also point out that, while there are people who were let down by the NRP, they felt that, at the same time, it just isn't a good idea to let it dwindle away altogether, because of the fact that there are still some good folks in there, and, nobody wanted there to be any clashing between the two parties, were they to run seperately. In a time of emergency, that's why unity is important, and fighting between one another would be a bad, unproductive thing.
I'm not saying that you have to vote for the National Union, but at the same time, my advice is - whatever party you decide to vote for, don't throw away your vote. Because if you do, then there's risk in enabling the left to gain control, or even disaster by ways of the Hamas to strike.
Thanks for your time, and Kol Tuv Israel.