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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 22, 2019 By Avrohom Shmuel Lewin (JNS)--Caroline B. Glick, a senior columnist at Breitbart News, was the senior contrib- uting and chief columnist for The Jerusalem Post until she decided to run for the Knes- set in the upcoming April national elections. Born in Houston, she grew up in Chicago and moved to Israel in 1991, two weeks after earning her bachelor's degree in political science from Co- lumbia University. She joined the Israel Defense Forces that summer and served as an of- ficer for five-and-a-half years. From 1994-1996, as an IDF captain, Glick served in the Defense Ministry as a core member of Israel's negotiating team with the Palestinians. In 1997 and 1998, she served as assistant foreign-policy adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu. In its Israeli Indepen- dence Day supplement in 2003, the Israeli newspaper Maariv named her the most prominent woman in Israel. In January of this year, she joined the New Right Party and is currently in the sixth position on the party's elec- toral list. In an exclusive interview with the JNS, she spoke of her legislative agenda and of what she feels is the deception of the Blue and White Party, which pretends to be center- right, but is really the left. Q: How are you transi- tioning from journalist to politician? CG: Well, all beginnings are a bit hard, but I chose to be with the people who share my values and goals for this country, so it has not been too hard. Q: Why was there a need to break away from Jew- ish Home and form a new party, New Right when Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennet were the heads of that party anyway? CG: Jewish Home is a re- ligious sectoral party. When Shaked and Bennett joined it, their vision was to end its appeal only to the national religious sector by widening its appeal from the national religious sector to include all of the Jews in Israel. It shouldn't be a party just of a limited community, but a voice that comes out of one community and speaks to the whole nation. At the end of day, they realized that a leopard can't change its spots; it remained a national religious party, and the ability to bring in new constituents to that party was stymied by the very nature of the party. They had hoped to change an institution and realized that the institution did not want to be changed. Even as lead- ers of that party, they were not able to accomplish to be a voice for all Jews. Q: Isn't New Right an- otherversion of the Hatehiya Party of the 1980s, which also wanted to prove that it was a party for all Jews in Israel, religious and secular alike? CG: On the surface, it may look that way, but Hatehiya was not good at politics. They weren't able to get any of their positions implemented, they weren't able to change the way things were done in Israel, and ultimately, they played a key role in Yitzhak Rabin's premiership and the Oslo process. This was because they did not under- stand the way politics works. I think Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett are two leaders who have a very clear ideological vision for this country and core beliefs that they act upon. But at the same time, they understand that as ministers you have limited powers, and you have to use them judiciously in order to institute gradual change. Q: You wrote that "the authority of the Knesset to promulgate laws has dimin- ished. The combined forces of the attorney general and the justices of the Supreme Court have seized not only the power to abrogate laws and interfere with the legislative process, but to dictate laws through legal opinions and judgments and the elected officials must be empowered to challenge this legal frater- nity." If elected, how do you plan to challenge this? CG: There are a whole se- ries of things that have to be done; it is a legislative agenda. I think one of the things we have to do is to reconsider a lot of the basic laws and see if they have to be amended. I think the Judiciary Basic Law has to be amended to constrain the power of the High Court of Justice and balance it to restore the democratic balance of power between the three branches of government. We have to legislate amendments to the laws regarding the operation of the institution of the At- torney General. Right now, you have legal advisers who think they get to decide what the government can do and what it can't do, what the Knesset can legislate and what not. That is a problem because they are seizing pow- ers that belong to the Knesset and to the government, the executive and legal advisers to prevent policies from be- ing formulated or adopted. They do the same thing with legislation. It is, therefore, very important to restore the power to legislate and to re- store the power to determine policy to the elected officials and remove it from unelected attorneys. Although there were drafts put forward by Justice Min- ister Shaked regarding the position of the Attorney General [Avichai Mandelblit] and the means of selecting him, all of those legislative initiatives were stymied by Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, who had veto power over all legislative initiatives relating to the legal fraternity and used it to protect them from checks and balances. We are seeking to build a big enough party that will have the sufficient power in the next Knesset to ensure that the right-wing bloc will have the sufficient votes to make these changes and restore the democratic balance of power. Q: What will you do if you have another Moshe Kahlon in the next Knesset who will veto your initiatives? CG: That is why we are all campaigning so hard in order to win enough votes to bring to bear our ideological vision, which is also shared by the Likud. But the Likud as the governing party governed from the position of its stron- gest coalition parties. So in 2009, Netanyahu formed a coalition with the Labor Party with Ehud Barak as defense minister, and much of our policies were dictated by the nature of the coali- tion, so you had a release of thousands of terrorists from jail, you had freezing of construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria, and you had the Bar-Ilan speech. A lot of that was a response to the Obama administration, Gershon Elinson/Flash90 lsraelljournalist and New Right Party candidate Caroline Glick speaks at the Oz VeGaon reserve in Gush Etzion on Feb. 8, 2019. but it had also to do with jamin Netanyahu back inhave, AreaC, and apply Israeli the nature of the coalition. 1997-98. Didhe change ideo- law to it, and that is the end The same thing happened in logically since then? of the discussion. 2013 when the first person CG: I think Netanyahu is Q: Do you think that in to join Netanyahu's govern- abetterpoliticiantodaythan order to maintain the aUi- mentwas Tzipi Livni. Shewas he was during his first term ance Netanyahu made with appointed justice minister, in office. As I said before, Arab states in the region, he and led the talks with the the Likud is the ruling party would be ready to go along Palestinians and was ready and rules by an alliance with with the Trump plan as is to give up everything, coalition partners, and the being leaked--withdrawals Q: How do you explain senior partners he has are from Judea and Samaria, a the position of the Israeli left the ones that set the tone of Palestinian state, etc.? after seeing what happened the way things are run. That CG: The Arabs need Israel following the disengagement is why I joined the New Right, more than Israel needs them. from Gaza, after seeing what which is an ideological party Let's be clear about this: The happened after Oslo. They very attuned to the people of reason the Saudis are acting are still advocating for a Pal- Israel, and wants to be that incondominiumwithIsraelis estinianstate, and a massive senior partner in the coali- becausetheyneedus.Wedon't withdrawal from Judea and tion to ensure that this ship have to pay for that. Samaria. How do they ratio- is being steered in the right Q: If, as you say, the Trump nalize this? direction, administration is very friend- CG: Part of it is social; they Q: Iflsrael is such animpor- lytowardslsrael, thensurely are part of a herd, and in a tant ally to the United States, as the plan is being formu- herd you are not allowed to why wouldyou think itwants lated, Netanyahu is in the think independently; people toweakenIsraelbypresenting loop about it, and yet there are who do get punished. It is a planthatcallsforwithdraw- leaks that this plan contains similartowhatMoshe"Bogie" als from Judea and Samaria, big chunks of withdrawals. Ya'alon is doingnowbyjoining which would eventually lead Does that mean this plan has Benny Gantz's party and is to a Palestinian state?Netanyahu's consent? going back on all the prom- CG: I cannot speak for the CG:Thatisexactlywhatour ises he made to the voters of United States, but I can say partyisabout.Wearerunning the Likud. He is supposedly that the Trump administra- a party that is going to ensure right-wing, and yet he wants tion as opposed to the Obama that we don't have a Palestin- topreventthepublicfromhav- administration are people to ian state. You can see that ing any significant say in the whom you can talk to. You during the past four years of way the country is governed couldn't talk to people in the Likud government, there byjoiningapartythatpledged the Obama administration, was no talk of Palestinian from the outset that it's going During Obama's tenure, his statehood. That is because the toblockallreforminthelegal national security adviser, BayitHayehudiwerepartners fraternity. Susan Rice, would not speak and not the Labor Party. On the other hand, the to the Israelis; it is an extraor- Q: If you get elected and reason the center-right is the dinary thing, but it is true. offeredaministerialposition, largestblocinIsraelisbecause That is not the case with the which ministry would you people have become very Trump administration. Ifthe choose? disenchanted with the sort of planwillincludewithdrawals, CG: We are not talking cultish, irrational positions of then Israel can say no and about it, but if I was offered the left, whether on strategic tell the president we cannot a ministerial position, obvi- or economic or social issues, give [the Palestinians] any ously it would be in areas It'sallaboutjustfollowingthe land because it would only where I have expertise, like line of the tribe, empowerthemagainstus.Weforeign affairs and defense, Q: You worked with Ben- musttakethelandwealready Diaspora relations, aliyah. 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