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      Levin: Likud Needs 7 More Seats to Lead

      MK says that if the Likud wants to truly lead, it needs to grow. Ex-Kadimaites not welcome.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 10/12/2012, 11:28 AM

      MK Yariv Levin
      MK Yariv Levin
      Flash 90

      The Likud can only truly lead the country if it manages to grow, MK Yariv Levin (Likud) said, speaking to Arutz Sheva.

      “It’s important that the right-wing bloc and the nationalist camp can have a clear majority without [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak and [Labor party head] Yechimovich, without partners from the Left who can take down the government at any time,” he explained.

      “In the last elections Likud got only 27 seats,” he continued. “It made a lot of problems… You have to take into account parties that represent just one sector instead of thinking about the nation as a whole.”

      A strong party “has no less than one-half the Coalition mandates,” he said. “That means 35 or more seats will allow the Likud and nationalist parties to be dominant, to rule without taking orders from other parties.”

      Currently polls show Likud with a clear lead over other parties, but with just 29 seats. Levin urged voters to turn out to support the party. “The best way to influence is via the largest party,” he argued. “We saw how Yossi Beilin managed to lead the destructive Oslo process via the Labor party, and as the head of Meretz he had almost no influence.”

      Regarding former Kadima MKs who have left the party, Levin said he believes they will not be welcome in Likud. “I’m not an analyst, but it’s clear that someone with a record of activity in Kadima has a low chance of getting support from Likud voters,” he said.

      The one exception may be Tzachi Hanegbi, “because he maintained ties with the Likud over the years, and because his mother Geula Cohen’s reputation still stands in his favor,” he added.