Danny Goldstein says that he does not believe that English is the international language. He says that money is. Danny is eloquent, animated and talkative about his plan to run in the next Knesset elections in Israel planned for some time in 2013. How is the Hewlett resident going to run in an election in Israel from the 5 Towns? Well, you are going top have to read on to find out.
While it true that Danny is from Hewlett before that—as a young child of 7-years actually in 1971 his parents made aliya and settled in Jerusalem. Danny went to school in Israel, trained as an electrician after his parents moved to Ashkelon, married and then settled back here in the states where he resided until earlier this year.
Danny and his brother Jonathan have formed the new CalCala Party which they translate as meaning the “Finance” political party. He is enthusiastic about the possibilities and feels very firmly and convincingly that this is exactly what Israel needs to restore confidence in what he believes is a failing and crumbling political infrastructure in the country.
Last spring Danny moved back to Ashkelon where his parents moved to from Jerusalem in 1973. So though the Goldstein’s are as American as they come, their hearts, mind and now their physical selves which have always been in Israel are now in what they feel is their true and natural environment—the State of Israel.
“I know the country of Israel and I see that the people are suffering from a backward economic approach to life,” Danny says sitting across from me before Rosh Hashana in the offices of the 5 Towns Jewish Times in Cedarhurst. “The idea of the part is catching on and becoming popular,” Danny says. He explains that Israeli’s have been dealing with an antiquated economic system and that it was way passed time to have representation in the Knesset that can move things in to the 21st century, he says.
As for examples of what kind of policies CalCala would adopt, Danny says there are quite a few. At the top he enumerates a matter that on the surface seems fairly simple. And that is the fact that Israeli’s customarily are paid once per month and that the average Israeli cannot financially make it to the end of the month so they are forced to tap into their bank overdraft which means they are paying interest on the money they are utilizing. Danny Goldstein says that if Israeli’s were paid each week and their weekly salaries would go to pay whatever overdraft they were forced to use their interest payments would be dramatically lowered. The banks, Danny points out, are opposed to any changes for rather obvious reasons.
So whether you call the party “Calcala” or the Finance Party, Danny says that there has not been anything like it in Israeli politics since the founding of the modern state of Israel. “Israel needs a change and we are they change they need,” says Danny.
Another economic example cited by Mr. Goldstein is the matter of securing a mortgage to purchase and apartment in the Jewish state. He says that it is far from a simple matter, involved a great deal of bureaucracy, red tape and hidden costs. “These hidden fees sometime make it impossible for purchases to be completed,” he says. His party’s position is that all fees associated with closing on a property be revealed to the buyers in advance. Not so such a strange or unusual recommendation you might think, but that’s not the case in Israel.
More in this weeks 5TJT available this week on Friday morning.