Likud to Continue PA Talks

Netanyahu says his Likud party will continue talks with the PA if elected. Likud court appeal would move Feiglin down the list.

Maayana Miskin,

Likud head Binyamin Netanyahu called Tuesday for “pragmatic diplomacy” and said he would continue talks with the Palestinian Authority if elected. “Our way of doing things combines decisiveness on defense and diplomatic pragmatism,” he told reporters.

Netanyahu also discussed the global financial slowdown, and claimed credit for Israel's relatively strong standing. “There's no economy that isn't effected by this global shakeup. Ours is relatively unaffected because of the steps we took,” he said.

Akunis Hopes to Change List
Netanyahu supporter Ofir Akunis, who was picked for the 28 slot on the Likud list, has filed an appeal to the party's internal court asking to change the order of slots. Akunis will ask the court to give regional representatives higher spots on the list.

Akunis, who represents the Tel Aviv region, may ask for the slots that had been reserved for women. These slots were not used because the women on the Likud list were elected to spots higher than those reserved for them.

If accepted, Akunis's appeal would push Jewish Leadership faction head Moshe Feiglin down on the list. Feiglin won the twentieth slot on the list, putting him in almost certain position to join the next Knesset. Candidates supported by Feiglin would be pushed down as well, while two candidates supported by Netanyahu would rise to higher slots and greatly increase their chances of being elected to the Knesset.