Feiglin blasts Likud for negative campaign
Soon-to-be Likud MK Moshe Feiglin blasted his own party on Thursday, saying that its negative campaign
against the Jewish Home party had driven voters into the arms of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.
Knesset Member-elect Moshe Feiglin
(Likud) had sharp words Thursday for his party's leaders, over the
election campaign that focused on attacking the Bayit Yehudi as
male-chauvinistic, homophobic and warmongering.
"The campaign of mudslinging was catastrophic, and a very grave act," Feiglin told Channel 2 News.
"It hurt us, too. In the past weeks there were polls showing that Bayit
Yehudi would receive 18 or 19 seats. The mudslinging drove the votes
away from Bennett, but not to Likud – rather, to Yair Lapid."
"Likud shot itself in the foot and changed the relative size of the
blocs," said Feiglin, and estimated that Likud lost five Knesset seats
with its campaign. "We struck a blow against religious Zionism, which is
our natural partner. We and the Bayit Yehudi will work shoulder to
Feiglin said that he was forced to keep quiet during the election –
presumably, by the higher-ups in Likud. "The leftist parties hid their
ideological identity because they felt that the public moved sweepingly
to the right. This public searched for meaning with us, in the Likud,
but instead – we hid our basic DNA."
"If you want to be meaningless, there are parties where this meaninglessness is intrinsic", he added.
The problem is that the Prime Minister did not want a Right wing coalition, and the mud slinging may have led voters to say 'a curse on both your houses' and to vote for Lapid instead.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Jewish Home party, Likud party, Moshe Feiglin, Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid