web analytics
December 23, 2014 / 1 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Home » Blogs » HADAR »

Will the Likud Remain Democratic?

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.

F130107YS37

Photo Credit: Yori Yanover based on photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

So will the rumors of cancelling primaries become a reality? In the past, there were rumors that the Prime Minister wanted to introduce a measure creating reserved spots on the list for people chosen by him, as party chairman. One report said the plan was to have one such reserved spot for every ten spots on the list. In the end, this was never proposed to the Central Committee.

In my experience as a Central Committee member, this was not because the Central Committee would not approve. From what I have seen, anything Netanyahu introduces to the Central Committee will be approved overwhelmingly. If Netanyahu had introduced a plan for reserved spots chosen by him, it would have won a majority.

If he had actually intended to do so, it is possible he may have been thwarted by circumstances: Though still a minority, the settler factions won a significant number of seats on the Central Committee.  The Central Committee meets in two stages: the first is as the “Convention,” in this capacity it can more easily change the party’s constitution – with a majority. After about three months it reverts to the Central Committee, where a two-thirds majority is required for constitutional amendments. Netanyahu would get that two-thirds majority, and definitely a majority for any measure he proposes, but the first thing that must be done by the Convention is to elect certain positions in the party, including the “President” of the Convention and the “presidential board” (nesiut), which controls what proposals go to the Convention. Danny Danon, at the time a junior MK, and Mickey Eitan were both running for the Presidency. Netanyahu then decided he would as well.

Netanyahu would of course win this election, but anything less than spectacular showing could be embarrassing. Also at the time the vote was to be held, a petition was gathered with enough signatures requiring a secret ballot of Central Committee members. This was initiated by the Manhigut Yehudit faction. At the opening meeting of the Central Committee/Convention, where the Convention President was to be elected, the petition was submitted. When it seemed like it would not be respected, hundreds of Central Committee members began chanting hasha’it (secret), which made headlines. The Likud acquiesced to the request, but now,  more than half a year later, and is still unclear how or when this vote will be held. It could even be decided it’s not necessary since the Convention has passed its time limit, but no one knows.

If he did initially want to pass the measure, Netanyahu probably figured it wasn’t worth the effort at that point. Now that elections are over, it can probably be very easily sorted out and if he desires to introduce a measure cancelling primaries he will certainly be able to have it approved. It is something which will be even easier if he claims its a measure against the “settlers” who are planning a Feiglinite coup. But again, who knows? Maybe these reports are feelers being put out by Netanyahu or certain people close to him.

One thing is certain: in the Israeli political system especially, where electoral trust (the citizen’s vote) is placed in parties, the institution of party primaries needs to be expanded, so that the government will be under the supervision of the people from which it derives power and the moral authority to govern. Cancellation of primaries in any sizable party is a step in the wrong direction. Even if this is something that is just being floated to see how people respond, or even if it’s just sensationalist reporting, or people close to the Prime Minister spreading outright lies, it needs to be opposed so that a clear message is sent to those who would attempt to cancel primaries or otherwise hamper democracy. Everything must be done so that representative democracy is expanded and not shrunk in Israel.

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.


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.

One Response to “Will the Likud Remain Democratic?”

  1. Mr. Netanyahu already acts as a dictator and brooks no opposition in his policies. He has said before it is his way or the highway.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

hadar-jp-logo copy
Current Top Story
Yaron Sidman, (center) Israel's Consul General for Philadelphia and the 5 state surrounding area, spoke to a hundreds strong crowd at Adath Israel in Suburban Philadelphia, Dec. 17, 2014. State Senator Anthony Williams (left, rear), waiting to speak.
Philly Ties Har Nof Victims’ Shloshim to Hanukkah Theme of Rededication
Latest Blogs Stories
Sabraman

Sabraman: Israel’s first superhero, combining the courage of the Sabra and the faith of Abraham.

Mir

Is Haredi open-ended learning on charity better than earning a living that would obviate that?

chanuka

Hanuka is the miracle of emunah- belief in the L-rd of Israel and the light of our faith.

Lehava head led away in handcuffs

Limiting Jewish success and revival is that the anti-Jewish, anti-History Left rules here in Israel

The crisis in Jewish education is of existential importance. How should it be resolved?

BBC GUIDELINES ON TERRORISM: The word “terrorist” itself can be a barrier rather than an aid…

Discussion with entrepreneur William Heinecke on how he became a young, successful businessman

Did Cuba apologize for their spies the way Israel apologized for Pollard?

Nothing binds Jews together more than Torah observance; Or so one would think.

Sukkah tinsel decorations enjoy a robust market but are invariably manufactured for “another”holiday

A number of Israeli papers regurgitated a biased AP article on settlement growth, but they should have read it more carefully before hitting publish.

Many of the battles of the Maccabees were right here in the Shiloh area.

Both Labor and Likud are expected to get more seats in the upcoming elections.

Get a straight answer from Edward de Bono to the question: What is lateral thinking?

Jewish communities worldwide commemorate Yehudit during Chanukah by eating dairy foods in her honor

Israel’s problem isn’t Indyk, Obama, UN, NGOs or even the media; Our problem is much closer to home.

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/will-the-likud-remain-democratic/2013/02/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: