VLADIMIR HERCZBERG 311.
(photo credit: Usa.do.am)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will find out who his competition will be in
the January 31 Likud leadership race on Sunday, the deadline to submit the
signatures, forms, and the NIS 10,000 fee required to run.
nemesis, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, has not said publicly he will not run, but
he has told his associates he will sit this race out because he believes
Netanyahu ensured the race would not be a fair fight when he advanced the
contest by a year and a half.
That would leave Netanyahu’s only opponents
as Likud activist Moshe Feiglin, who is running for Likud leader for the fourth
time, and Beersheba nuclear physicist, Vladimir Herczberg, who is running for
the job for the third time.
Herczberg, who quietly joined the race last
week, is a regular candidate whenever there is an election in Israel for almost
Besides the Likud leadership, he has run for Knesset twice,
Beersheba mayor twice, and once each for head of the Jewish Agency, World Jewish
Congress, and Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.
“I have a lot of free time,”
Herczberg said when asked why he runs in so many elections. “Some people like to
make money and rob the public coffers. I love politics.
It’s the most
interesting thing there is in Israel. And I am only 65. I’m still
Herczberg said Likud members should vote for him because Feiglin
was “too extremist” and Netanyahu had already been Likud leader too
“There are people who are protesting in the streets because they
have had enough of Vladimir Putin,” Herczberg said. “I think Bibi has been there
It’s time to give other people a chance. Maybe they are
better than he is. Who knows?” Herczberg promised that if he becomes Likud
leader and uses the post to propel himself to the Prime Minister’s Office, in
his very first second as prime minister, he would attack Iran.
have attacked a long time ago,” he said.
“I’m a nuclear physicist, so I