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Fighting in the Name of G-d and Engaging a Higher Consciousness

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah kick off by discussing a letter received from a listener and how the threat of rocket attacks across Israel is still a real one.  They move on to talk about the threat presented to Israel by Hizbullah in Lebanon and how the world is turning a blind eye to the civil war that is raging in Syria.  They also discuss the mobilization of IDF reserve soldiers and how it should be a goal for the Jewish People to look for a higher consciousness in life by practicing schmita and visiting Jerusalem three times yearly.  They end the segment by presenting an interview with Moshe Feiglin following his  good showing during Likud primaries this week and also discussing the results of the Likud primaries.

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Feiglin Camp Alleges Election Fraud in Likud Primary

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

In a growing controversy, officials in the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction of the Likud party are alleging serious election irregularities and even fraud in the published final results of the primary race between Moshe Feiglin and incumbent Binyamin Netanyahu.

“There are big discrepancies between the official Likud results and the facts,” Michael Fuah, director-general of the faction said in comments to the Jewish Press. “It is clear that Likud did not conduct the elections in a fair manner . . . There are suspicions of fraud.”

Fuah has already filed a formal complaint with the head of the Likud Elections Committee, and the Feiglin camp is considering other measures, such as hiring private investigators to determine the extent of the alleged fraud.

“We can prove many instances of fraud,” Shmuel Sackett, co-founder and international director of the Manhigut Yehudit told the Jewish Press. “Here’s just one example – in Bet She’an, Likud’s official results stated that there were 1074 votes cast in total. But there are only 834 registered Likud voters in Bet She’an!” Sackett explained that whereas in past Likud primaries a member could cast his vote at any Likud polling station, the rules were changed for this particular election so that the members must vote in the city in which he is registered. “This is proof that they [Likud officials] were caught red-handed cheating!”

The Feiglin camp also took issue with the vote total at the Beit Shemesh polling station, which according to Likud statistics numbered 203 (126 for Feiglin, 77 for Netanyahu). “However,” Sackett said, “in the exit poll, we logged the entry and vote of at least 270 people. Regardless of the true number of votes Moshe received, the erasure of at least 65 votes should be cause for serious concern over the integrity of democratic mechanisms in Likud.”

Feiglin has also challenged the results from polling stations in Ma’ale Adumim and Tel Aviv.

According to published reports, Netanyahu received 77% of the votes and Feiglin 23%. If the allegations are true, the margin of victory would be significantly lower, with Sackett estimating that Feiglin may have received 35% of the vote.

While Feiglin and his camp acknowledge that the allegedly fraudulent results would not change the outcome of the election, Sackett insisted that an accurate accounting would reveal Feiglin’s tremendous popularity, as opposed to the current results that misrepresent Netanyahu’s mandate.

“More importantly,” Sackett continued, “the Jewish Leadership faction wants an honest Likud, not a party based on corruption and fraud.”

When asked about the allegations, Likud spokeswoman Noga Katz responded to the Jewish Press in an email: “The elections for Likud chairman were held in hundreds of polling stations across the country. Likud is currently working on entering the data of the votes cast at every polling station, and the Elections Committee will publish them on the Likud website as soon as all the voting data has been compiled.”

In the email, Katz denied that a complaint had been filed:”According to Likud’s constitution, challenges to the results of elections for Likud chairman are submitted to the Oversight Committee headed by retired District Judge Nissim Yeshaya, who will review them. An appeal has not yet been submitted; when an appeal is filed, it will be reviewed in due course.”

Netanyahu Wins Big Over Feiglin in Likud Primary

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared victory over Jewish Leadership faction head and long-time activist Moshe Feiglin Tuesday night, after winning 75% of votes for leader of the Likud party.

“Today the real Likud won,” Netanyahu told supporters in Tel Aviv. “We proved that our strength is our unity.  We will continue to lead with responsibility for better education, economy, and security for all citizens of the State of Israel.”  He also said general elections will not take place for some time.

Just half of Likud’s 130,000 eligible voters came out to vote for Likud party leader and for new members of the Central Committee.  Despite what was considered a low showing – due to inclement weather and some voting station complications – it was a 10 percent higher turnout than during the last primary in 2007.

Though Feiglin’s loss was by a large majority, he did gain a couple of percentage points on Netanyahu since the last primary vote.  In 2007 he earned 23.4% while on Tuesday he earned 25%.

“I think we can be proud of our percentage in these primaries,” International Director of the Jewish Leadership faction Shmuel Sackett told The Jewish Press.  “we need to remember that Moshe’s opponent was a sitting prime minister whereas three years ago, that same opponent was just a regular member of Knesset. To increase one’s percentage against such odds is actually an incredible feat.”

He raised concern, however, that his supporters were purposefully thwarted in the voting.  Some polling stations in Judea and Samaria – Feiglin’s stronghold – were reported to have opened two hours late due to the eligible voters list going missing.  Approximately an hour before polling stations were scheduled to close, the Likud announced that voting would be extended for another hour until 11pm, to give members a final opportunity to vote.  A spokesman also reported that Feiglin representatives were illegally restricted from being present during vote counting.

A Likud spokesman said voting location problems occurred outside Judea and Samaria as well, in places where Netanyahu was believed to have a greater advantage.

Some voters protested Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies in Judea and Samaria by boycotting the vote.

Feiglin expressed satisfaction with the results, saying: “More than one quarter of registered Likud members voted for me and for a Jewish state.” “All politicians and Israeli media people were surprised by the results,” Sackett said.  “We plan on growing stronger from here.”

Netanyahu, Feiglin Face Off in Likud Primary

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

While a contentious Likud primary is expected to result in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s landslide victory over Jewish Leadership faction head Moshe Feiglin, a strong showing by the underdog has already impacted Israel’s leading party.

Voting opened at 10am on Tuesday at the 500 ballot boxes placed in 154 locations throughout the country.  Polls will close at 10pm, with a winner expect to be announced at midnight.  There are approximately 130,000 registered Likud voters throughout Israel who are eligible to vote for party leader, and for the new Likud Central Committee.

After casting his vote, Netanyhau told reporters: “I am asking Likud members to vote for me; if people stay at home, they will not give expression to the huge level of support for my leadership.”

International Director of the Jewish Leadership faction, Shmuel Sackett, told The Jewish Press “The members of Likud will decide today between a leader who wants to build a Palestinian state versus one who wants to build a Jewish state, between a leader who appoints Ehud Barak as Defense Minister versus one who will appoint a defense minister from inside the ranks of Likud, and between a leader who appoints leftist anti-Jewish judges to the Supreme Court versus one who will appoint judges who are strong and proud in their Jewish faith.”

Feiglin, a resident of the Samaria community of Karnei Shomron and long-time activist on behalf of Jewish rights to Judea and Samaria, hopes to improve on his August 2007 Likud primary total of 23.4%. Feiglin has made no secret of his interest in taking over the party, and expresses strong disapproval of the prime minister’s past vote in favor of relinquishing Israeli sovereignty over Gaza, forcibly evicting the Jewish communities of Gush Katif, and his current willingness to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority and create a Palestinian state in parts of Judea and Samaria.

For his part, Netanyahu is believed to have the support of the majority of Likud party members, and has enjoyed two terms as prime minister, one as Minister of Finance, and one as Minister of Foreign Affairs.  He also said at a cabinet meeting in August 2009 that he would not repeat the mistake of further unilateral Israeli withdrawals, saying “the unilateral evacuation brought neither peace nor security. On the contrary.”

Negotiations between Israel and the PA on issues pertaining to creating a Palestinian state in areas governed by Israel were renewed in Amman, Jordan in the first week of January.  Parties on both sides said the likelihood of negotiations leading to an agreement is minimal.

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