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Moshe Feiglin Tells Mark Kaplan Why He Won't Give In

By Mark B. Kaplan
2/6/2012, 10:02 PM

Despite Likud "tricks" to keep Moshe Feiglin from embarrassing Prime Minister Netanyahu in the January 31st party leadership elections,  Moshe Feiglin tells Mark Kaplan why those who are trying to hold him back are failing.]

Because of time constraints, I had to edit out almost all of my commentary from today’s Israelity!, which is not a very “me” thing to do. So, read the rest below today's program.

What I did not get to say is that I lived 35 years in Chicago before making aliyah in 2001.Chicago is called the Windy City, not because of its bitter weather, but because of its notorious collection of the political windbags.

Having worked in television news in the Windy City, I’ve met many Chicago politicians. Needless to say, I understand how machine politics work.I also understand how elections work in Chicago.

The former studio manager at the station I worked at in the early 90s once related what had happened when he went to vote. Upon giving his name to the election judge at the polling station, the judge went through the list of names and my former coworker saw his deceased uncle's in the file.

My colleague said, “Hey, that's my uncle. He died years ago.”

The judge answered, "Well, he's still voting every election."

Yes, in Chicago, death is no excuse to stop voting.

Apparently, the Likud has a similar policy, or at least according to what we are hearing, you don't have to be a registered voter to vote.

On January 31, when Likud held its primary elections for the party leadership, Likud officials said, on the night of the elections,  that  Prime Minister Netanyahu’s challenger, Moshe Feiglin, received 36% of the votes.

Amazingly, by the morning, the percentage of votes Fegilin received magically decreased to 24%.

The Manhigut Yehudit faction is claiming many irregularities exist, including at least 500 more votes for Netanyahu in Beit She’an than there are registered voters in the town.

I’ve personally seen how the Prime Minister will say and do whatever it takes to get his way. At the moment, he has given a strong verbal support for the communities in Judea and Samaria—at least in words. Is it really giving support by saying "settlements will continue." Of course, saying he supports settlements contradicts almost everything he has done since becoming Prime Minister. So, how can anyone believe the Prime Minister when he changes his policy, depending on who he is trying to please on any particular day.

I asked Likud Knesset member Ayoub Kara that question.

Kara was one of those labeled as “Likud Rebels” in 2005 for sticking to the true Likud ideology rather than support then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gush Katif expulsion plan.

Kara answered:

"The Prime Minister is the manager of a not simple coalition with a variety of widely differing opinions and worldviews. Once he will have more than 61 seats (in the Knesset), you will see other things that will satisfy what you want. I personally fight for your principles, and you know I paid with my Knesset seat (in 2006) to stop the Gush Katif expulsion plan. I cannot change attitudes, and that's why I'm a little behind, and some of my friends in the government have advanced ahead of me."

If you want to play it safe in politics and advance politically, you ride the coattails of the popular leader, no matter how much you object to what he’s doing. But there are a few leaders, like Ayoub Kara, who have more integrity than that. As Kara stated, this has caused him to be left behind while other of his Likud colleagues have advanced.

Moshe Feiglin is another Likud member who has been purposely held back by the Likud powers that be.

Is that to Feiglin's benefit or loss?