Sorry Bibi (and Moshe), you just lost my voteLikud leader Binyamin Netanyahu pulled some backroom shenanigans on Thursday that were worthy of a Chicago smoke-filled room and managed to push Moshe Feiglin from the 20th position in the Likud's Knesset list to the 36th position. The 20th position is a 'safe' position on the Likud list. It appears that the Likud will win far more than 20 seats in the upcoming election. But they may not win 36. As a result, Feiglin is in jeopardy of not gaining entry to the next Knesset.
Feiglin was stoic, urging voters to vote for the Likud so that he will qualify for the Knesset from the 36th position.
"I am not ready to be an MK thanks to the Supreme Court, which is a branch of Meretz," Feiglin told Channel 1. "I want to be an MK thanks to the voters. I call upon right-wing voters to vote Likud so the 36th slot will be realistic.Actually, that depends on where you go if Bibi scares you away from the Likud.
"If you let Bibi scare you away from the Likud, you will get a Likud that expels Jews. If you vote Likud, you will get a right-wing Likud with Feiglin."
Symbolically, one of the two other MK's who was pushed down along with Feiglin was Michael Ratzon. Unlike Bibi, Ratzon was one of the MK's in the Likud who defied Ariel Sharon's railroading of the expulsion of Jews from Gaza. Bibi waited to the last possible minute to resign from Sharon's coalition, long after the expulsion was a done deal.
The other MK who was pushed down was Ehud Yatom.
The title of this post says it all. With Feiglin in 20th place, I was willing to vote Likud in the hope that the Likud would be a strong leader for the right. It's clear to me that Bibi is determined - despite the entry of such right-wing luminaries as Benny Begin and Moshe Yaalon - to 'make his own decisions' in defiance of what he's selling to the voters during the campaign.
In Israel last Friday, there was a report on Israel Radio that claimed that if all the religious parties united into one party, that party would win 30 Knesset seats. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet.
Mark me undecided for now. But definitely voting for a right-wing party.