Netanyahu targets Feiglindrive Moshe Feiglin to an unrealistic position in the slate.
According to Yedioth Aharonoth, the main hand behind Feiglin's primaries failure was none other than Haim Bibas, director of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's elections headquarters, mayor of Modi'in and director of the regional authority of the city.
Bibas held a campaign to convince Likud activists in Judea and Samaria not to support Feiglin, according to the paper.
"We wiped him out below the radar," a senior Likud source was quoted as saying. "It took Likudniks time to understand that he causes us damage. This is Netanyahu's greatest success in these primaries."
Another opponent of Feiglin who acted for his downfall according to the report is his neighbor in Karnei Shomron in Samaria, Asi Levi, who is a member of the Karnei Shomron Regional Council.
"All these years we helped Feiglin succeed, but he had delusions of grandeur. I came to the conclusion that he isn't a Likudnik but rather acts to crush the Likud," Levi was quoted as saying. He then admitted "we did a 'targeted killing' on Feiglin."
The accusations that Feiglin acted against Likud may reference the criticism Feiglin frequently leveled at his party for taking actions against its nationalist and Zionist platform.God Forbid anyone should remind the Likud of what it's supposed to stand for.
They've lost my vote.
This is from Shmuel Sackett, Moshe Feiglin's longtime partner in politics.
I must state that Moshe was not the only good, solid Knesset member that Likud members rejected; Tzippy Hotoveli - a Deputy Minister in the current government - won just one spot before Moshe (#26), which is ALSO considered very unrealistic.
To understand what happened to Moshe, please read this quote from the Maariv (NRG) website:
"Two weeks ago, we reported about a deal being worked on against Feiglin. The goal of this deal was to insure that Feiglin receive an unrealistic spot on the Likud list and it succeeded exactly as planned. The deal was orchestrated by Prime Minister Netanyahu and implemented via Knesset members Chaim Katz, Yariv Levine, Zev Elkin and Danny Danon" How nice...
While we understand the system and realize that every candidate has to worry and push him/herself, we will never understand why candidates actively work AGAINST others in the same party. Thanks to the hard work of these politicians, the current Likud list contains two former members of Kadima and SIX people who SUPPORTED the Gaza Expulsion Plan. Do the members of Likud really prefer these people to Feiglin and Hotoveli?The membership of the Likud does not. But Netanyahu and his cronies whom he has kept in power in the unchanged central committee (there hasn't been an election since Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister) in 2009 do prefer the leftists who are above Feiglin on the list.
Shabbat Shalom everyone.