‘Centrist’ Labor Party wants settlers, religious

Broshi, former secretary of the Kibbutz Movement and one of Labor’s newest MKs, is one of the founding members of the new “Mainstream Labor” movement.

A group of Zionist Union MKs which Broshi claims represent the bulk of the party, Mainstream Labor looks to change the party’s image as a left-wing ideological movement. Broshi blamed the party’s image on a handful of far-left members, and hopes his efforts will attract more support from religious Jews and even some of the settlers.

“Most members of Labor and the whole Zionist Union are fare much more centrist than the small group of members who portray Labor as on the left side of the political spectrum,” he said during an interview with Arutz Sheva.

“The convening of the “The Mainstream” isn’t something new, it’s a return of a group that had already existed and brings us back literally to the center.”

Broshi emphasized the Labor Party’s legacy of strong national defense and settlement of the Land of Israel.

“We grew up with the legacies of Ben-Gurion and Yitzhak Rabin, and Mainstream Labor is a continuation of their [commitment] to the principles of security and settlement,” he said.

“Only a strong state can make peace. We never talked about a full withdrawal from all of the territories; rather, [Labor] rallied around the Alon Plan, which was a compromise and an understanding that we have to divide this land.”

Looking to attract religious Jews and some residents of Judea and Samaria, Broshi pointed out the party’s commitment to settling the country and ensuring security. “We’re settlement-people and security-people.”

Broshi hopes to attract more religious Jews to the Labor Party, along with residents of the Golan Heights and Jordan Valley. At the same time, however, he clear his support for a withdrawal from much of Judea and Samaria, blasting the influence of “the far right” on government policy.

He pledged to bring the future of Judea and Samaria to a referendum vote, and thus force a two-state solution that would break the “far right grip on the government”.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208528

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