Feiglin’s path to Knesset looks clear

Feiglin says he's ready to work with Prime Minister Netanyahu, calls for union of the entire Right national camp.

November 26, 2012 01:52
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Moshe Feiglin

Moshe Feiglin 520. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Hawkish Likud activist Moshe Feiglin appeared to have successfully completed a long journey to the Knesset Sunday with indications at press time that he would win one of the top 20 slots on the party’s Knesset list.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu personally intervened to prevent Feiglin from running for the Knesset in 2006 and to ensure his demotion to an unrealistic slot in 2009. But Netanyahu and his loyalists did not interfere this time against Feiglin, who has gradually become seen as more mainstream in the party.

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Netanyahu and Feiglin grew closer when they mourned the deaths of their fathers together. In the ultimate sign that Feiglin is no longer considered controversial, no fewer than eight Likud ministers as well as Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin attended the wedding of Feiglin’s son Aryeh and his bride, Todayah, in Bnei Brak in May.

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Before he cast his ballot at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, Feiglin said he hoped the Likud list would be as faithful as possible to Jewish identity.

“My voice needs to be in the Likud faction,” Feiglin said. “It is the clear voice of our values in Likud. I am not against Netanyahu. I am ready to work with him. I have full cooperation with everyone in Likud, including the prime minister.”

Praising the Likud’s deal with Yisrael Beytenu, Feiglin said the entire national camp should unite into a larger party that represents the entire Right like the Republican party in the United States.

Feiglin featured prominently in a deal made with Vice Premier Silvan Shalom and powerful MK Haim Katz, all three of whom have brought thousands of people to Likud.

But he said he was staying away from such political horse trading.

“I am not telling anyone whom to support,” Feiglin said. “I just told people to vote for me.”

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