Kara opposed the Gaza disengagement plan championed by prime minister Ariel Sharon
, and was almost ejected from Knesset with Michael Ratzon
for "repeated disturbances".
When Sharon announced plans to break from Likud, Kara refused to defect to Kadima
in 2005 and criticized other MKs that did, including Shaul Mofaz
He praised Likud's "glorious past" and said it will return stronger, despite the split.
He lost his seat in the 2006 elections
, when Likud dropped to 12 seats.
Nevertheless, he remained active in politics. He met with Hebron
residents and criticized the demolition of a Jewish home there, calling Kadima chairman Tzipi Livni
as "good for Hamas
Deputy Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee
Announcing his intention to run in the Likud primary for the 2009 elections
, Kara called for unity between Druze and Jews, "to strengthen the Zionist connection...that has been damaged in recent years." He reminded voters of his opposition to the disengagement
, making it an important part of his campaign.
He was placed 23rd on the party's list, and returned to the Knesset
when Likud won 27 seats. Kara sought and received a ministerial post: becoming Israel's new Deputy Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galilee
. He is the first non-Jewish nationalist to receive a portfolio.
Kara opposed the inclusion of Kadima
in Netanyahu's government, saying that Likud had "no room for traitors".
As Deputy Minister, Kara cited demographic issues as a growing threat to Israel. He promoted development of the two regions to encourage Jews to stay and work there. He worked to help former soldiers to study for free at colleges in the Negev
, as well as a new college of medicine in the latter.
He also supported the building of casinos in the Negev.
In addition, he promoted a program in Knesset to train Druze firefighters that will serve in Jewish towns in the West Bank.
Later, with Kara's help, ZAKA
volunteers began to establish volunteer rescue services in northern Druze and Arab towns in September 2010, starting with Beit Jann
Shortly after the election, the family of Ouda Tarabin
, an Israeli Bedouin
convicted of espionage in absentia
, enlisted Kara's support to gain Tarabin's release. Tarabin entered Egypt in 2000 illegally, and was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Kara also led a group of Druze, Bedouins, and Muslims that met with the family of Gilad Shalit
to show support for his release from Hamas
, who kidnapped Shalit in a 2006 raid.
Kara met with Turkish ambassador to Israel, Ahmet Oğuz Çelikkol, to improve Israel–Turkey relations
, citing Turkey
as a "proven" friend to Israel.
However, relations deteriorated after the Gaza flotilla raid
. Kara has also been instrumental in improving relations with Syria
. Just before the 2009 election, he claimed to have met with Syrian officials in Washington, D. C., who said Syria was interested in revisiting talks to improve relations
. However, the Syrian embassy in Washington denied the meeting took place, as did a spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
He has also been outspoken in his opposition to proposed divisions of the border village of Ghajar
, comparing it to the Berlin Wall
In 2010, he worked to improve economic and humanitarian ties between Israel and Syria. Druze farmers in the Golan
now import water from Syria and export thousands of tons of apples every year. In addition, Druze were able to visit relatives in Syria for the first time in decades and also receive organ transplants there.
In addition, he has coordinated burials for families between Syria, Lebanon, and the Golan.
Kara is hopeful that these "cracks in the great wall between Israel and Syria" will one day lead to real negotiations for peace.
Or at the very least, he hopes to cut down the bureaucracy preventing humanitarian exchanges between Israel and Syria.
Kara has also called for mines to be removed from the Golan, citing them as dangerous to travelers and not needed for Israel's defense.
When several pro-Israel European politicians visited Israel, Kara and other Knesset members joined the Europeans to condemn the Gaza disengagement and lack of assistance to former Jewish residents of Gaza, who had been expelled from their homes. Kara urged stronger relationships with European politicians that support Israel.
Kara visited Austria
in December 2010 and met with Heinz-Christian Strache
, leader of the Freedom Party of Austria
, praising him at a joint press conference and calling him a "friend of Israel" in its war on terror.
Austria's Jewish community complained in a letter addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu
about the meeting and the praise and honor bestowed by Kara on the party and its members, particularly in light of the party's anti-semitic remarks and their praise for the Nazi regime of the Third Reich
. Israel had scaled back its diplomatic relations with Austria when the party entered into the Austrian government a few years ago.
The head of a South Sudan
delegation to a February 2011 meeting of a new organization to develop Nigeria
, Suleiman Alhariri, invited Kara to help begin setting up diplomatic relations.
Kara led a delegation of Jewish, Muslim, Druze, and Christian religious leaders to discuss interfaith relations in Istanbul
with TV show host Adnan Oktar
. The delegation presented a list of Jewish religious sites in Syria for the opposition in the Syrian Civil War
to guard, should unrest threaten the sites.
The group planned to set up a religious court to arbitrate regional disputes. Kara also said "Turkey is eager to reestablish its ties with Israel."
In May 2011, Kara claimed that the opposition movement in the Syrian Civil War had approached him to seek help for their movement from the United Nations, United States, and European Union
Minister of Communications
In the April 2019 elections
, Kara was placed 39th in the Likud list and not re-elected.
In September 2019, a tape was leaked of a conversation between Kara and Netanyahu in which the latter demanded that Kara close down the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council
. Kara was blamed by several Likud politicians for the leak, but denied involvement.
Views and opinions
Kara is known as a staunch conservative in the Knesset, supporting "hawkish" and Zionist views. He opposed the Gaza disengagement
and the 2009–10 settlement freeze. He was a supporter of Moshe Feiglin
's Manhigut Yehudit
faction, within Likud.
During the months preceding the disengagement
from the Gaza Strip
and northern West Bank
, Kara requested from then Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon
, that Druze soldiers not be assigned to tasks related to the disengagement, since the Druze opposed the disengagement and did not want to have anything to do with it. He was threatened with expulsion from the Knesset for trying to obstruct the plan as it went through.
The Israeli media called him the "prophet of fury".
Years earlier, he opposed the withdrawal from Lebanon
in 2000, warning that Hezbollah
would gain power in Israel's absence.
After the Gaza flotilla clash
, Kara spoke with a leading mufti
in Turkey. He told the mufti that Israel conducted the operation legally and humanely and presented facts backing his claims. In addition, he said "Israel is the most humanitarian country in the Middle East and never objected to the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza," and the flotilla organizers intended to provoke Israel. He also asked the mufti to preach brotherhood between Israel and Turkey, "saying there are no winners in war."
At a meeting hosted by Turkish television personality Adnan Oktar, Kara stated that flotillas must carry humanitarian aid and not weapons. He said that Israel wanted to work with Turkey to transfer humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Kara supports an Israeli strike against Iran
's nuclear program
and assured that other Muslim nations would support a strike, albeit quietly, and not publicly.
In April 2010, the MK made public that he had been approached by an Israeli woman of Persian Jewish
origin, who had been contacted by an Iranian nuclear scientist seeking asylum
in Israel. Kara stated he would help and that the scientist was staying in a "friendly country", but there has been no word on the plan since the announcement.
Following a planned visit by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
to the Israel-Lebanon
border, Kara organized a rally in which 2,000 blue and white balloons would be released if Ahmadinejad came, stating that "the balloons represent the fact that the Jewish people have come home after 2,000 years of exile, and are not going anywhere". Kara also stated that as a non-Jew, he appreciated Israel's freedom and democracy, and that were it not for the Jewish people, the entire region would look like Iran. Kara also claims to have sent Ahmadinejad a letter in Persian
, in which he expressed "the Israeli nation's desire for peace, and its willingness to defend itself".
At the event, Kara criticized the Israeli government for inaction, and called Ahmadinejad "a catastrophe for the world" and said that Israel wants peace, not wars.
He also warned that Ahmadinejad intends to rebuild the Persian Empire
, using Lebanon as an army base.
Arab-Israeli conflict and peace
Kara believes that Israel "has no one to make peace with", and that all the peace partners aim to weaken Israel. He noted that many Israelis think like Europeans and do not understand the thought process in the Middle East.
He criticized the Oslo accords
for giving "the criminal Palestinian leadership
that was in Lebanon
the legitimacy to be leaders in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza".
In July 2010, Kara warned Israel not to be tricked by United States president Barack Obama's apparent sympathy for Israel. Kara stated that Obama "doesn't sound evil now because he needs Jewish votes and money, but I won't forget the pressure he put on Netanyahu and the stress I saw in the prime minister the last time he came back from Washington".
Several days later, in an interview, he endorsed a three-state solution
, saying that Egypt
should resume control over Gaza
. He noted that Arabs almost universally call for a restoration of the situation prior to the Six-Day War
, when Gaza was part of Egypt. In addition, he mentioned that it would be beneficial to the security of Egypt to eliminate Iranian
influence in the territory.
In an interview, Kara noted that "In all history there was never a Palestinian state
." He proposed that Jordan
, which is 90% Palestinian
take administrative control of Arab cities in the West Bank, while Israel would control defense, major cities, and broad areas in the territory.
During the 2010 Israel forest fire
, Kara stated he had information that the fire was "a terrorist act"—arson—and called for the perpetrators to be executed like Adolf Eichmann
Some of the 41 killed in the blaze were Druze.
In 2011, Kara and fellow MK Aryeh Eldad
met with Glenn Beck
. After Eldad said that there was a Palestinian state in Jordan, Kara added "the world doesn't understand that there are already two states here, and now, they want three states. There were never Palestinians in this area"
During the same meeting, he explained his Zionism as consistent with the Druze tradition that they are descendants of Jethro
, and "commanded to watch over the Land of Israel for the People of Israel".
At the first International Regional Cooperation Conference in Tel Aviv, Kara said Israel should negotiate with businessmen rather than the Palestinian Authority
A staunch supporter of Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Kara spoke at a ceremony marking the end of the settlement freeze. He criticizing it as not helpful to Israel or the PA
and said that the killings
of four Israelis near Kiryat Arba
shows that the freeze only serves as "appeasement
" and is not working.
At an event marking the construction of a new building in the West bank, Kara stated: "The expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif
brought zero results, the expulsion of the Israeli army from Lebanon has brought zero results, and the construction freeze brought zero results."
Kara attended an Israeli version of the American tea party protests
with other Likud MKs and members. Speakers at the event called on Obama to stop pressuring Netanyahu and for the prime minister to stand his ground and uphold Jewish rights and values.
In 2010, Kara attended a rally marking the end of the construction slow down in Revava
, that was also attended by hundreds of Christian supporters of Israel. He welcomed the tourists saying: "I say to all the non-Jews who are here, I too am not a Jew, but in spirit I am most Jewish, I am most Zionist, and so are you! Good for you that you are here to support Israel."
In 2011, however, he abstained from a vote brought by National Union
MKs that would extend sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Support for Trump
Following the violent Unite the Right rally
, attended by neo-Nazis and other far-right protesters which took place in the United States in August 2017 Kara defended U.S. President Donald Trump
. Trump's response to the protest and his failure to immediately condemn the rally received much criticism, including from some in Israel. Kara, however, suggested relations with Trump were more important, stating "Due to the terrific relations with the US, we need to put the declarations about the Nazis in the proper proportion." Kara also described the Obama administration
Calls for imposition of the death penalty
2017 visit to Poland
Ayoob Kara was part of a delegation of Israeli politicians who visited Poland at the invitation of the Polish Redemptorist priest Tadeusz Rydzyk
in late 2017. The purpose of the visit was to support Rydzyk's effort to draw greater attention to the Polish Righteous Among the Nations
who saved Jews from the Nazis
during the Holocaust
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