Moshe Feiglin, founder of the Likud’s Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction won the 20th slot on the Likud’s primary list in today’s elections. This is the first time he’s successfully won a spot on the list. He had previously been blocked because of a sedition charge for leading riots against the Oslo process.
The Big Lipowsky had the opportunity to speak with Feiglin earlier this year when he came to speak in Teaneck. His faction advocates a change in Israeli mindset. If Israel ends the peace process, declares sovereignty over all of Gaza and the west bank and makes the case for its historical right to the land, then the Arabs will respect Israel and leave it alone. Click here for more on his positions.
Demographer Yoram Ettinger, who spoke at the Jewish Center of Teaneck last week, said that Israel has a solid Jewish majority west of the Jordan river, including the territories, and the future is bright for maintaining it because of increasing Jewish birthrates and decreasing Arab birthrates. Read what he had to say here.
Netanyahu is still the leader of Likud and the party’s prime minister candidate. But Feiglin has made an impressive jump off the sidelines. If Likud wins as many seats as it’s expected to, then he will get his chance in the Knesset and can begin making a name for himself in mainstream politics. Whether you agree or disagree with him, this is somebody to watch closely in the future.