web analytics
July 30, 2015 / 14 Av, 5775
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post


Home » Blogs » HADAR »

The Likud’s Alleged Rightward Shift

In depth analysis of the Likud's final list for the Knesset (part I in a series).

Center-leaning Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Dan Meridor did not make it into Likud's top 20.

Center-leaning Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Dan Meridor did not make it into Likud's top 20.
Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90

Other Likud MKs who retained their spots included: Ofir Akunis, who won the Tel Aviv district spot at number 26 in 2008 and was 19th after this round, has traditional Likud ideology, but he is also considered “Bibi’s man”; Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, who is considered a liberal nationalist, but by no means an extremist remained in the top ten (fourth in 2008, now seventh); and Gila Gamliel, another Likud MK who was not considered right-wing remained at about the same place on the list, dropping from 19 to 20th.

Ayoub Kara, a Druze member of Knesset, who is considered very right-wing, won spot number 25, but that was the “non-Jewish” spot and it was practically reserved for him either by Netanyahu or with his consent. Kara is considered very close to Netanyahu and despite attending an emergency meeting for Ulpana just before the vote on “Hok Hasdara” (the “arrangement” or “regulation” law, a bill intended to save communities like Ulpana), Kara did not vote for the law.

The other new introduction to the first 22 spots on the list is Tzach HaNegbi, the former longtime Likud member who had been the Likud’s Central Committee Chairman and served as acting chairman of the party following Sharon’s departure for a short period until he too deserted. When he took up the post of acting chair he said “there are roots that can’t be uprooted” and when he left a couple of weeks later, said, “Sometimes ideological matters are diminished; it’s a personal move.” HaNegbi is the son of Lehi member Geula Cohen who in the Knesset was to the right of Menachem Begin, but he clearly lacks her ideological spine. A relic of the “political pragmatism” of Ariel Sharon, he more than balances out the introduction of Moshe Feiglin to the list.

Overall the Likud’s Knesset faction won’t be much different. Of the 22 of the first 25 spots on which sitting MKs could run, 20 are from the current faction and two are long-time and prominent Likud members. The major difference between this faction and the last is that Begin, Eitan and Meridor will be out. But can it be claimed the Likud won’t be the Likud without them? That will be the subject of the next post in the Likud’s Knesset list tomorrow.

About the Author: Daniel Tauber is a frequent contributor to various prominent publications, including the Jewish Press, Arutz Sheva, Americanthinker.com, the Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz. Daniel is also an attorney admitted to practice law in Israel and New York and received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. You can follow him on facebook and twitter.

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.

If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Likud’s Alleged Rightward Shift”

Comments are closed.

hadar-jp-logo copy
Current Top Story
Dore Gold.
Foreign Ministry Calls Sunni Arab Nations ‘Israel’s Allies’
Latest Blogs Stories
Free-Jonathan-Pollard-Poster1

The US doesn’t want Pollard & he doesn’t want America- release him with 1 condition: No return to US

Doug Goldstein

Meet Republican US presidential candidate Kerry Bowers & listen to his message to the Israeli public

palestinian children songs

Amongst the Palestinians (sic) what is promoted and praised for its young people? Terror & martyrdom

Peres' 90th Birthday

“If you can’t negotiate with your enemy, why negotiate at all?” Great sound bite. The press loved it

The phenomenon pushing limits of Orthodoxy to the extreme left has no chance of becoming mainstream

Discussing, what should you do if you are feeling overstressed in your job and are tempted to quit?

Considering Esther Pollard’s group mismanaged his case, Pollard’s chances of parole are slim

Detention Camps for US Jews? Sounds farfetched but it did to Japanese-Americans during WW II as well

We asked the soldiers, what will you tell your children you did during the Disengagement?

The Arab terrorist murderer who murdered Malachi Rosenfeld,(HY”D)last month, was an American citizen

The “Stop Iran” rally was a voice of sanity coming from the American people, and directed at Senator Chuck Schumer who holds the keys…

Shalit Deal advocates: “Israel must do whatever it takes” to free Gilad; This proved deadly nonsense

Learn how modern technology can be used to foster personal development in life as well as in finance

Dear CNN: When hypocrisy rules a media outlet, its mandate to call what they do “journalism” expires

With it seems more lives than a cat, I now recognize Hasgacha Pratis is HaShem’s involvement in life

There needs to be clarity about what is & isn’t acceptable in Orthodoxy; That should be the debate.

More Articles from Daniel Tauber
JStreet crowd

Congratulations, JStreet, you won before you even started! Perhaps you can save your breath, energy and George Soros’ and god knows who else’s money and go home.

drunk UN

A US diplomat proposed that UN negotiating rooms be ‘inebriation-free zones.’

In the version of events provided by Argo, it wasn’t radical Islamists who stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, but the Iranian people as a whole.

Not exactly what Jewish Home voters thought they would get on election day.

The institution of party primaries in Israel needs to be expanded not shrunk, so that the government will be under the supervision of the people from which it derives power and the moral authority to govern.

Ayalon’s new position on the Palestinian statehood doesn’t quite match his prior criticism of the Palestinian’s bid for statehood at the UN.

East Jerusalem has become code for: where Jews shouldn’t be.

Israeli willingness to do whatever it takes to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands may be the only thing preventing civil wars or heated rhetoric from becoming mass atrocities.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/hadar/the-likuds-alleged-rightward-shift/2012/12/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: