Danny Danon and Ayoub Kara 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A Likud rally at the Knesset on Monday aimed at pressuring the party’s ministers
to oppose another construction moratorium in Judea and Samaria turned into a
protest against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when party activists called
for his ouster.
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MK Danny Danon initiated the event and spoke about how to
thwart a further freeze, along with Deputy Negev and Galilee Development
Minister Ayoub Kara and MK Tzipi Hotovely.
Danon spoke about the need to
strengthen Netanyahu but Likud activists who spoke after him said the prime
minister had already crossed too many red lines in his concessions to US
President Barack Obama.
Kiryat Arba Likud activist Boaz Haetzni, who was
on the party’s list of Knesset candidates in the last election, condemned
Netanyahu for breaking promises to oppose the creation of a Palestinian state,
allow life in Judea and Samaria to thrive, rule out a further freeze, and
condition another moratorium on the Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish
“After breaking his word so many times, why should we believe him
anymore?” Haetzni asked. “He is leading us to the policies of
“The conclusion should be if there is another freeze, we must vow
to not let Netanyahu remain head of the Likud and prime minister. We must stop
him before we end up in the sea.”
Haetzni’s call for overthrowing
Netanyahu received applause from more than 50 Likud activists in the
Other activists spoke about finding alternative candidates for
Likud leader and prime minister.
The event was attended by many activists
who are working to promote Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon as a
Danon, who has run against Netanyahu for the Likud leadership
and is leading the fight against his policies, found himself defending the prime
“We don’t want to topple the prime minister and bring Tzipi
Livni to power, but we refuse to be silent,” Danon said. “The nation is with us
and 70 percent of the Likud opposes another moratorium in Judea and
Danon took credit for the current stalemate in negotiations
with the US on a deal for a freeze. He said he had persuaded Shas mentor Rabbi
Ovadia Yosef to demand to see America’s commitments in writing, and the Obama
administration’s refusal to do that has prevented a deal from being
“Our worry is that after the Americans recover from Thanksgiving
and WikiLeaks, there will be a letter to Israel in writing, but it will be
weaker than promised and that during the 90 days [of the freeze] the borders
will be drawn and we will only be able to keep the 3 percent of Judea and
Samaria that we are allowed to keep,” he said.
Hotovely warned that talks
about a freeze were a smokescreen for negotiations with the Americans on a
Palestinian state and meant to distract the public from the central question
about the Likud’s red lines for the talks.
The activists decided to
reiterate to Likud ministers that any vote for a further freeze is a vote
against the party’s constitution and to warn them that they would not vote for
them in the next Likud primary if they go against the views of the majority of
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