Netanyahu downplays Feiglin factor in Likud

According to primary results, Netanyahu won 79.79% of votes compared to Feiglin's 23.21%; Feiglin still declares victory.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 5, 2012 21:48
1 minute read.
Netanyahu at the polls

Netanyahu at the polls_390. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers on Sunday that he does not believe that party activist Moshe Feiglin will impact their future, or that of the party.

According to preliminary results of the election, Netanyahu won 48,490 votes (76.79 percent) in last Tuesday’s Likud leadership race, compared to Feiglin’s 14,660 (23.21%).

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Despite receiving a smaller percentage of the vote than he did in the last race in 2007, Feiglin declared victory and vowed to use his power in the party to make the next Likud list more right wing.

“You should not be afraid of Feiglin,” Netanyahu told the ministers in the closed-door meeting according to one minister.

“There are many forces that will have an impact on the make-up of our list and I will be the primary force.” According to another minister, Netanyahu also said he would not consider the ranking of the Likud’s next Knesset list when he chooses his ministers from the party in his next government.

Netanyahu is expected to oppose proposals in the Likud central committee aiming to restore the committee’s right to select the party’s MKs. When Netanyahu became Likud leader following the formation of Kadima in 2005, he passed a proposal taking away the power to select MKs from the central committee and giving it to the party members as a whole.

Referring to some of Feiglin’s more extreme views, Netanyahu said “The Likud will not become messianic. We will remain a liberal, democratic party.”

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN