Telem (2019 political party)

Telem

תל"ם
LeaderMoshe Ya'alon
Founded2 January 2019
Split fromLikud
IdeologyZionism
Economic liberalism
National liberalism
Liberal conservatism
Political positionCentre-right[1]
National affiliationBlue & White
ColoursDark blue
SloganChoosing responsibility.
www.telem-il.org

Telem (Hebrew: תל"ם‎, an acronym for Tnua Leumit Mamlakhtit, lit. National Statesman-like Movement) is a centre-right political party in Israel. The party was formed by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and registered on 2 January 2019 in order to contest the April 2019 Knesset elections. It subsequently joined the Blue & White alliance.[2][3][4]

History

In the wake of conflicts with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Hebron shooting incident and Yisrael Beiteinu joining Netanyahu's coalition,[5] Moshe Ya'alon left his defense minister post in May of 2016 "amidst wide-spread speculation that he would be fired by Netanyahu". On 12 March 2017, Ya'alon officially relinquished his membership of Likud, announcing that he will form a new party to challenge Netanyahu in the upcoming 2019 election.[6]

The party was named in remembrance of former Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and his party, Telem. Ya'alon said "he was a soldier for Israel for decades, and he would continue to serve the public in his new party".[6]

In advance of the elections, Telem merged with the Israel Resilience Party and Yesh Atid. Ya'alon was positioned third on the new united list, known as the Blue & White alliance.[7] The party received 5 seats in the April 2019 Knesset elections, out of 35 seats that the entire alliance received. In the subsequent September 2019 Knesset elections, the party ran again as part of the Blue & White alliance and retained their 5 seats out of the 33 seats that the entire alliance received.