The Feiglin phenomenon

The leader of the rising Zehut Party is attracting more than just young potheads to his libertarian platform.

It seemed like hardly any politician could go on the radio this week without being asked if he or she has smoked weed. New Right leader Naftali Bennett, National Union head MK Bezalel Smotrich and Blue and White candidate Yoaz Hendel? No. Labor Party chairman Avi Gabbay? Yes.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would consider legalizing cannabis, and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said pot-related offenses should be removed from people’s criminal records. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan touted the law he passed, reducing penalties for first- and second-time cannabis offenders. Meretz put out a “Hey, remember us?” message, pointing out that it has long been for making use of the drug legal. Continue reading

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