Feiglin: 'The story is Jerusalem'

Faction leader accuses Netanyahu of planning a second disengagement.

April 29, 2010 13:25
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Feiglin at elections to change Likud constitution

Feiglin 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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On the day of an election to change the Likud's constitution, after over 20% eligible voters reached the polls, Moshe Feiglin, head of the Jewish Leadership faction within the Likud, accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of planning a second disengagement on Israel Radio.

It seems that Netanyahu thinks that a true Likudnik would split up Jerusalem,” Feiglin said. “This vote is about Jerusalem; not Feiglin, not Netanyahu.”

Feiglin was particularly concerned that pushing off Likud internal elections would give Netanyahu unlimited power to disengage from Jerusalem without approval from the Likud.

If, G-d forbid, his proposal will pass,” Feiglin said, “there is nothing to stop Netanyahu from doing what Sharon did, only not in Gush Katif, but in Jerusalem.”

Feiglin also accused Netanyahu of “stealing this election.”

Have you ever heard of elections without observers? With traveling voting booths?” When the Israel Radio interviewer pointed out that a judge approved these moves, Feiglin retorted, “this is the same judge that agreed to take me out of the Likud's list [for the Knesset] after I was elected.”

Likud polls open throughout Israel

Feiglin called the judge that approved the Likud election process a “goyishe judge,” and said “I have no trust” in the judges. “When there are no observers in the vote and no observers in the counting of the votes, the feeling is that this is fixed.”

This morning, we heard that Obama invited Eli Yishai to Washington, in order to melt his opposition [to freezing construction] and have a disengagement in Jerusalem,” Feiglin said, claiming that this is a sign that “as far as Washington's concerned, the vote already passed” in Netanyahu's favor. Feiglin explained that the Obama administration thinks it only needs to convince Yishai to split Jerusalem, and not the Likud.

In response to accusations that he is in favor of soldiers refusing to follow IDF orders, Feiglin said “I am an IDF officer! To say that I am against the IDF is nonsense.” He avoided directly answering questions about insubordination, saying “the story is Jerusalem!”

Immediately after Feiglin's interview, MK Carmel Shama of the Likud said that Netanyahu “had been under international pressure, pressure from [US President] Barack Obama and pressure from Israeli public opinion in the last few months, but he still did not blink once when it came to Jerusalem.”

The Likud is united when it comes to Jerusalem,” Shama explained, saying no one in the party wants to split the capital city.

“The story is not Jerusalem,” he said, addressing Feiglin. “You are the only one who is endangering the future of the Likud government.”

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