Moshe Feiglin 311 .
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Likud activist Moshe Feiglin urged his supporters on Tuesday night to not be
daunted by the challenge ahead in his effort to unseat Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu as Likud chairman in January 31’s primary.
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Speaking at a rally
for hundreds of his followers at Jerusalem’s Ramada Renaissance Hotel, Feiglin
said he wanted his supporters to not be afraid to vote for an underdog, just as
he wanted the government to not be afraid to do what a Jewish government should
In a room full of banners bearing the slogan “believers do not fear,”
Feiglin gave a long list of steps that “believers” should not be afraid to take.
The list included keeping the entire Land of Israel, building throughout the
Land, expelling enemies and infiltrators, and going up to the Temple Mount and
sacrificing the Paschal Lamb.
Feiglin said a prime minister who was a
believer would not appoint Ehud Barak as defense minister or send IDF soldiers
aboard the Mavi Marmara with toy guns.
The one item on the list of steps
a believer should take that earned Feiglin a standing ovation, was “demanding
that Obama release Jonathan Pollard.”
Reports that Netanyahu intended to
reserve slots on the Likud list for Barak and his allies also featured
prominently in campaign ads broadcast at the event.
for an insurance company, the ads featured a caller to the company asking which
candidate could guarantee that a Likud defense minister be appointed, that
Israel remain united, and that “Meretz representatives on the Supreme Court” be
prevented from taking over the country.
When Supreme Court President
Dorit Beinisch’s face came on the screen in the commercial, the crowd
The activists in the crowd were given orders for persuading Likud
members to come out to vote for Feiglin, including talking points about his
ideology. People in the crowd who are not Likud members were urged to volunteer
to serve as polling station monitors and election board
Feiglin’s fund-raiser, Shmuel Sackett, told the crowd that he
learned how to raise money from the Obama campaign.
He said the rapid
changes in the leader board in the Republican primary gave him home in the Likud
race.“If Ron Paul can go from 8 percent to the top, so can we,” Sackett said.
“We do have a chance. We have 10,000 backers in Likud. If all of them bring two
people, we will definitely win.”