Divorced dads join Likud in droves

Fathers copy MK Moshe Feiglin's tactic of enlisting Likud members to fight for equal custody rights.

Wide view of the Knesset (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Wide view of the Knesset
Hundreds of divorced fathers joined the Likud in recent months to lobby the party’s MKs to change child custody and alimony laws in their favor.
Tamar Har-Paz, an attorney who works on alimony cases and is a Likud central committee member affiliated with MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), recruited 200 divorced fathers to join the leading party and create a pressure group.
The fathers’ goals are to convince Likud legislators to adopt the Schnitt Committee’s recommendations from 2008 to give parents equal custody of children after divorce, and the Shifman Committee’s conclusions from 2012, which recommended that divorced parents equally divide children’s expenses.
Har-Paz was inspired by Feiglin, who enlisted thousands of Likud members with an eye on pushing the party rightward, and the MK expressed his support for the move after meeting with the divorced fathers’ group.
“We all know Feiglin’s ability to recruit Likud members, and ever since we got his backing the number of divorced fathers joining the party increased significantly,” she said.
“If we continue at the current pace, 2,500 divorced fathers will join the Likud by the next primary.”
One of every three marriages in Israel ends in a divorce, which means that there is a lot of potential for fathers and their relatives to join the Likud, Har-Paz pointed out.