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  11/8/2012, Cheshvan 23, 5773

Danon: 'No' to Johnny-Come-Lately Loyalists


World Likud leader Danny Danon said, Thursday evening, that voters in the upcoming Likud primary should choose Knesset candidates who have shown their loyalty to the land of Israel for at least the last four years. Reacting to the number of people who have recently thrown their hats in the ring, the deputy Knesset speaker said, "We see a lot of candidates who have all suddenly become lovers of the land of Israel and supporters of the settlement enterprise. On the one hand, I welcome it, but call on those who are registered to strengthen those who were loyal all four years and not those who, suddenly after the elections, will change their minds."

Danon was convinced that United States President Barack Obama's relationship with Israel will be more realistic in his second term. Regarding the building freeze in Judea and Samaria at the start of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's current term, attributed to pressure from the White House, Danon said, "Obama also understood, in the end, that he erred." He said Netanyahu should invite Obama to Jerusalem and that Obama "turn over a new leaf with Israel."