Feiglin challenges Habayit Hayehudit to debate
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
August 1, 2012 21:27
Three-time Likud leadership candidate Moshe Feiglin requested a debate Wednesday night with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's former bureau chief Naftali Bennett, who is running for the chairmanship of Habayit Hayehudi.
Feiglin's Manhigut Yehudi (Jewish Leadership) movement has spurred thousands of religious Zionists to join the Likud so they could have an impact on the ruling party. But since Habayit Hayehudi started a membership drive and a leadership primary, Likudniks have been heading back to the former National Religious Party.
Jeremy Gimpel and Ari Abramowitz, two candidates for Habayit Hayehudi's Knesset slate who have been especially effective in persuading Likud members to leave, challenged Feiglin to a debate Wednesday morning. The challenge came after a private email Gimpel sent to a Feiglin supporter was published on Manhigut Yehudit's website with a lengthy response under the headline: "Likud or Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi) - a Friendly but Serious Debate."