Moshe Feiglin 311 .
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Likud party primary candidate Moshe Feiglin conceded Wednesday morning
that he had lost the primaries to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but
emphasized that the results entrenched the standing of the party's
"First of all, I lost the elections," Feiglin said during an interview
on Channel 2's The World Today program but added that he was taking the positive viewpoint that the glass was partly full.
of every four Likudniks came and said yesterday that he supports the
Jewish, national and proud way," Feiglin said. "Whoever is able to
destroy houses in Judea and Samaria each night is not expressing
Likud's stance, which supports settlement in the entirety of the land."
Feiglin won one quarter of the votes as of Wednesday morning, though
some 15 percent of the vote remained uncounted. Eight percent more party
voters turned out in this Likud primary than the previous one.
Netanyahu, who handily won the primary, saw his landslide as a vindication of his political positions.
the real Likud won. We proved that our strength is in our unity. We
will continue to lead responsibly for better education, economy, and
security for all the citizens of the State of Israel," he said during an
assembly of supporters at the Tel Aviv fairgrounds. "Likud turns Israel
into one of the most developed nations in the world, in education,
culture, and environmental protection."
Opposition party Kadima
said there was no difference between Netanyahu and Feiglin, bundling the
two together as extremists and accusing Likud of "holding Israel's
citizens hostage" with "extreme policies."
party will continue to cause the deterioration and isolation of Israel,"
Kadima said in a statement. "The Likud decided tonight to continue the
shared and extreme policies of Feiglin and Netanyahu, which have held
Israel's citizens hostage against their will for three years already."
Gal-On of Meretz added that Likud had become the party of the settlers,
putting the occupation in the center and Israel on the sidelines of its