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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.

Kadima MK Breakdown: Who Supports Livni vs. Mofaz?

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Kadima is preparing for a showdown with their leadership primary expected to be held sometime in March. Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni and Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Shaul Mofaz have the support of a dozen MKs each.

Livni’s four main supporters are veteran MKs Ronnie Bar-On, Marina Solodkin, Majallie Whbee, and Gideon Ezra. Two-term MKs Yoel Hasson and Shlomo Molla, along with rookie MKs Nino Abesadze, Rachel Adatto, Doron Avital, Nachman Shai, Robert Tiviaev and Orit Zuaretz, also support Livni.

Mofaz’s three main supporters are veteran MKs Meir Sheetrit, Ruhama Avraham Balila and Jacob Edery. Mofaz also has the support of two-term MKs Israel Hasson, Shai Hermesh, Yohanan Plesner, Otniel Schneller and Ronit Tirosh and rookie MKs Arie Bibi, Zeev Bielski, Yulia Shamalov Berkovich and Avraham Duan.

Only two of Kadima’s 28 MKs are not on either side. Faction Chairwoman MK Dalia Itzik has decided to remain neutral and MK Avi Dichter is still planning to run for Kadima leadership himself. Many expect Dichter to drop out before the primary and join forces with Mofaz, similarly to MK Sheetrit, who dropped out of the race this weekend.

MK Sheetrit, who was first elected to Knesset in 1981, has never run against an incumbent. Following Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s resignation, he finished in third place (8.5%) behind Livni and Mofaz in Kadima’s 2008 leadership contest. Following the first-term resignation of Prime Minister Netanyahu, he finished third (22%) behind Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert in the 1999 Likud leadership race.

Livni Sets Kadima Primaries for March 27

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Kadima MK and Chairperson Tzipi Livni announced Wednesday that the party would hold primary elections on March 27, two days after the Knesset’s winter session ends.

Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz is expected to compete with Livni for leadership of the party, hoping to vindicate his narrow loss in the last primary vote. MKs Avi Dichter and Meir Sheetrit are also expected to enter the running for chairman.

Mofaz spoke of the primaries as a new beginning for Kadima: “She [Livni] is finished as head of the party . . . Today has begun the journey to replace Netanyahu. I am going to lead this journey.”

Primary Elections Controversy

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Federal law now ensures that overseas military personnel and other citizens have the right to request, receive and return absentee ballots for federal elections on a timely basis. In particular, states are required to get absentee ballots out to those qualifying at least 45 days before the Nov. 6 general election next year.

While the presidential primary is scheduled by state law for April 24, congressional and local election primaries are scheduled for September 12. Since primary elections have rarely been certified and ballots printed and sent out more than several weeks before the general election, this makes it a near impossibility for many such ballots to be delivered and returned in time for the election by many overseas voters, including military personnel.

The New York State Assembly and Senate have been unable to pass a new law pushing up the primary dates. Senate Republicans want an August date, while Assembly Democrats, led by Speaker Sheldon Silver and supported by several good government groups, want a June date since many voters leave their regular homes for vacations in August and some voters would be disenfranchised.

In addition, New York law in the past provided for June primaries. Republicans are against June primaries because the legislature would still be in session and legislators would be required to campaign for reelection. This is a particular problem for the Republicans, who narrowly control the Senate.

A complicating factor is that the Justice Department has sued New York in order to force a change in the primary date to enable compliance with the law. In a recent hearing on the matter, Federal Judge Gary L. Sharpe indicated he will pick a date by December 27 and is leaning toward an August primary.

A June primary would seem to be the best choice, either by agreement in the legislature or judicial fiat, since it would make for maximum voter participation – which should be the overriding consideration.

Looking For The Perfect Match

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Fair Lawn, New Jersey’s Ezra Fineman is looking for his perfect match. He is smart, has brown hair, and a great smile. Ezra is also two years old and is looking for a bone marrow donor. After contracting a severe case of pneumonia at five months old, Ezra was diagnosed with Hyper IgM syndrome, a rare primary immune deficiency. Affecting only one in every one-two million people, the syndrome keeps his body from producing antibodies, leaving him with a heightened susceptibility to infection. While Ezra still runs and plays like other toddlers, he must get IV Immunoglobulin treatments every few weeks, take prophylactic antibiotics, and use extra caution against germs in public places. Despite these treatments and precautions, serious complications still arise. The only cure for Ezra is a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.

Robin and Evan Fineman, Ezra’s parents, have been working with the bone marrow registry, Gift of Life, since October 2010 in their quest to find Ezra’s bone marrow donor. Gift of Life, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, is headed by founder Jay Feinberg, who recently celebrated the 16th anniversary of his own bone marrow transplant. Gift of Life focuses on patients in the Jewish community, as it would be more likely for them to find a match within the Jewish population. The search for Ezra’s match has gone global, with donor drives being held across the United States from Phoenix to New York, as well as Bialystok and Warsaw in Poland. The cost to process each potential donor’s sample, taken by a simple swab of the cheek, is $54. While each potential donor is encouraged to fund their own test, many people can’t afford to, and over 13,000 samples are still waiting to be tested due to lack of funding. While financial donations to Gift of Life are encouraged, the Finemans – who have raised over $100,000 for testing – are also trying to target their drives as much as possible to increase the chance of finding Ezra’s match.

Feinberg has personally been analyzing test results to see if they are on the right track. “Ezra’s DNA has an anomaly, a rare genetic crossover, that is making his search especially challenging,” says Feinberg. His antigens or markers are matching most closely with people of Eastern European descent, particularly those of Polish and Hungarian ancestry. “Robin has been working with a genealogist to discover Ezra’s ancestors’ cities of origin. The Holocaust has a huge impact until this very day on patients like Ezra. We are missing all of the bloodlines of people that would have been here today to donate,” explains Feinberg.

“It was amazing that over 200 people showed up for the drive in Bialystok,” Robin said. “With the language barrier, we weren’t even sure it was going to happen.” The Finemans, while still waiting for Ezra’s donor, are thrilled that nine potential donors for other patients have been found, and that one transplant has been performed so far through efforts on Ezra’s behalf.

Joining the bone marrow registry and donating is actually easier today than when Jay Feinberg was looking for his perfect match.  For more information about having a drive in your area, contact Robin Fineman at Help4Ezra@gmail.com, or go to www.giftoflife.org/help4ezra, to order or sponsor a test kit. You can also visit Help4Ezra on Facebook. The actual donation procedure is much less invasive than it used to be.

Feinberg stresses the importance of all eligible participants joining the registry. “People ask, ‘what are the chances that I’ll be a match?’ but that can’t be further from the truth. They can be the one.” Feinberg should know, as 50,000 people were tested during his search for a donor. His perfect match was the 50,000th person to register at the very last drive to be held on his behalf.

The Single Aunt

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Dear Readers: There have been many articles in The Jewish Press and in other heimishe publications and websites about the nisayon of being unmarried, especially in a community whose primary focus is family life. Below is a poem that perhaps will give some brief insight as to what it is like to be single in a married world.

The Single Aunt

She gets out of the taxi at her little sister’s place,
As she approaches the front door she slows down her pace.

She takes a deep breath and forces a smile on her face,
Though sadness and anxiety make her heart race.

She sits at the crowded table, surrounded – but alone,
The reunion brought by Yom Tov weighs heavily like a stone.

A guest of her baby sister, a baalabusta all grown,
She aches with the need for a family of her own.

Her siblings and their spouses converse with delight,
Catching up on family news well into the night,
She listens politely, but has little to say,
When you live alone, there is a sameness to your day.

The children stop their playing and run to the tish,
Climbing on a parent’s lap eager for a kiss,
Sweet, shiny faces that reflect childish bliss,
A sharp reminder of what she continues to miss.

The festivities finally over, she goes to her cot,
Sleepless, she agonizes over what she hasn’t got,
No matter how much she’s welcomed, she feels so left out,
Her siblings are flooded with nachas, while her life is a drought,

She prays to Hashem to bring a new tomorrow,
One that will banish her ever-present sorrow.

One where she will finally feel whole,
One where she will meld with the other half of her soul.

This she knows will happen, for she is suffused with belief,
That her Creator is watching, and will send sweet relief,
And that the day will come when she will find her true mate.
She tells herself often she must be patient and wait.

But for all her resolve, her singlehood is not easy,
Being with young marrieds makes her feel queasy,
As do the pitying glances and the resulting exclusions,
The snobbery, the indifference, the negative conclusions.

Emunah and tefillah keep her somewhat afloat,
But at times she feels she’s in a sinking boat,
This is hernisayon, a one she hopes to pass,
But at the end of the day, she wonders if she will last.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/on-our-own/the-single-aunt-2/2011/07/20/

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