TikTokeswoman runs for Knesset with support from protesters

A young activist at the head of a new political party, Jeunesse Ardente, has predicted an outpouring of support for her in the upcoming legislative elections, despite polls and the fact that her party’s only current candidate – herself – too young to be elected.

Just 20-year-old Hadar Muchtar comes forward with an agenda based on tackling the rising cost of living and corruption, exploiting the widespread dissatisfaction of many young people disenchanted with the current state of politics and politics. Israeli economy.

The party also advocates greater public participation in the political process by holding referenda on a number of issues.

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“Politicians have been promising us for 20 years, promising us apartments for 20 years,” Muchtar told Channel 12 on Thursday.

“And what are they doing? They increase their own salaries. »

Muchtar resonated widely on social media platform TikTok with heated tirades against politicians and the high cost of living in Israel. She has over 68,000 followers on TikTok and some of her videos are viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

According to recent polls, Ardent Youth is expected to win around 1.5% of the vote, well below the 3.25% minimum needed to be represented in the Knesset.

Ardent Youth edged out the New Economy party, led by renowned economist Yaron Zelekha, and was not far behind Ayelet Shaked’s Zionist Spirit in a recent Channel 12 poll. Muchtar rejected an offer by former Yisrael Beytenu MK Eli Avidar to join forces, according to Wednesday’s reports.

“In the next poll, we will get even more support and start our ascent. I tell you, we will get at least six seats in the next election,” Muchtar told Channel 12.

Low poll numbers are only one of the problems, however. Indeed, Israeli law requires members of the Knesset to be at least 21 years old, which means that Muchtar is too young to sit. Far from being discouraged, she plans to select eligible candidates to represent her on the party’s electoral list, but no announcement has yet been made.

She also claims that she could become a government minister. There does not appear to be a minimum age for holding a ministerial post.

If she leads her party to the Knesset, she will join a number of other politicians who have successfully turned protests into political careers, including former MKs Stav Shaffir and Itzik Shmuli, who profited from the massive protests from 2011 to enter the Knesset a few years later.

Muchtar compared Jeunesse ardente to the pensioners’ party “Guil”, which took advantage of a wave of discontent to win a surprise electoral victory in 2006, with seven seats, before disappearing from the political scene.

“Young Ardente is version 2.0 of ‘Guil’ and it’s a real protest,” she said.

She was expelled from Knesset meetings for haranguing lawmakers. In a discussion of teachers’ salaries, for example, she suggested funding their salaries with the billions of shekels that have been invested in multiple national elections over the past four years.

Hadar Muchtar, leader of Ardent Youth speaking at the Knesset, June 27, 2022. (YouTube)

The meeting escalated into a row between Muchtar and Knesset members, as they tried to end his rant.

“We are not more important than you? I pay your salaries. You work… for me! “, she was annoyed.


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♬ צליל מקורי – Hadar Muchtar

She has not yet completed her military service. Asked by Channel 12 about the possibility of running for office before fulfilling her conscription duty, she replied that she “wants to serve her country. »

“It will be good for me, I want to serve my country. »

“I have no time to waste,” she added, referring to the high cost of apartment rentals.

She does not align herself with anti- or pro-Netanyahu political blocs, but says she will side with whoever gives her the best offer if her party wins the necessary number of seats.

Regarding her party’s specific policies, she said that “the problem is not to find solutions”.

“The problem is who is going to implement the solutions at the moment of truth, who is going to stand up to the tycoons,” she said.

“I think at the end of the day, the same teachers and the same politicians, the suits, the ties, the speeches, these same people who were supposed to protect the country for the last 20 years, they all failed,” he said. -she says.

“They burned my future.”

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