Likud voters will be entitled to choose 12 candidates for their Knesset list in the coming primaries, instead of the previous standard of 10. The Likud Central Committee Tuesday night approved a reform compromise reached earlier in the day by Likud Chairman Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu and other senior Likud party leaders.
Voting for candidates to fill the immigrant slots will be held separately from the nation-wide list, the reform also established.
Despite efforts by Moshe Feiglin to the contrary the vote on the reform was cast by open ballot. Feiglin is a popular candidate among Israelis who favor expanding the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, and Bibi has maneuvered to prevent Feiglin from winning any realistic slot on the list.
Feiglin expected that if the ballots were secret the committee members would not fear reprisals from Bibi and would feel freer to oppose the reform.