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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Feiglin's victory: Likud Central Committee opposes Netanyahu on 'settlement freeze' extension

Some of you may recall that nearly two years ago, I argued that the real winner of the Likud primary in 2008 was not the current Prime Minister, but Moshe Feiglin, who managed to push more Right-leaning candidates up the slate in the Likud. While Netanyahu eventually managed to push Feiglin himself off the slate, and to get the Likud Central Committee to vote itself a long-term existence (which he may now be regretting), he did not succeed in undoing Feiglin's efforts to cause a fundamental shift to the Right in the Likud. That shift is on display now.
Members of the nationalist camp within the central committee are passing around a petition in support of MKs and ministers who oppose the freeze. The initiative began Thursday night, and already more than 280 members of the committee and Likud branch heads have signed on.

Organizers hope to get signatures from the majority of Central Committee members.

Copies of the letter will be sent to Likud politicians who voiced their opposition to a second ban on construction for Judea and Samaria Jews, with the aim of assuring them that by opposing their party's leader, they will have earned their party's support.

“This week, when a demand to renew the freeze in Judea and Samaria was made public and we needed your help as our loyal representative in the government, you were there for us,” the letter states. “We the undersigned will not forget this; when you need our help as loyal party members, we will be there for you.”

In June, the Central Committee voted unanimously in favor of resuming construction in Judea and Samaria when the original 10-month freeze expired.
Netanyahu is not Arik Sharon and he will not go and start his own party, nor will he join Kadima, where he would be second fiddle to Livni (or third to Livni and Mofaz).


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At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you assume that Netanyahu is not Sharon? There is hardly any difference.

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Malcolm said...

ot: Mark Steyn speaks tonight in Vancouver regarding Israel.

Should be interesting.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

If Netaniahu decide to start his own party, he should name it "Akhora" :)

At 1:02 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Abu Bluff is making life easier for opponents by insisting a freeze include ALL of Jerusalem.

Shas isn't going to vote for it. Netanyahu is trapped between an Obama and an Abu Bluff.


At 9:40 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Bibi doesn't have half the cojones that Sharon had. Sharon went bad, yes, but he did it in a ballsy way. Bibi doesn't have it in him.

At 9:40 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Mark Steyn is a Jew who converted to Christianity. His support we don't need.


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