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Feiglin: Fear of Deri Led to Political Merge

Fear over the return of Aryeh Deri to the Shas party caused Netanyahu to run together with Yisrael Beytenu, according to Moshe Feiglin.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/26/2012, 1:43 AM

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
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Fear over the return of Aryeh Deri to the Shas party is what caused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to run in a joint list with Avigdor Lieberman and the Yisrael Beytenu party, Moshe Feiglin said on Thursday.

Feiglin, who heads the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction of the Likud party, said during an appearance at the Gordon College in Haifa, "Aryeh Deri shuffled the cards. There was concern that the Shas Party would join a list from the left side of the political spectrum following Deri’s return into a leadership position. Aryeh Deri shuffled the cards and he’s not in the pocket of Netanyahu or anyone else. I do not think he would have necessarily recommended to the President than Netanyahu should be the one to form the next coalition.”

Feiglin dismissed the differences between Netanyahu and Labor party head Shelly Yechimovich, when it comes to a political worldview, and said, “I do not think there is now someone who can tell the difference between Livni, Netanyahu and Shelly Yechimovich politically.”

A report earlier this week indicated that Yechimovich’s criteria for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority are similar to those of Netanyahu. These include saying no to the PA's demand of another construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, and demanding PA acknowledgement of Israel.

Feiglin said that the entire political system is still trapped in the wrong concept of the failed Oslo Accords.

“The right was swept away towards the concepts of the left,” he said. “This conception replaced the idea of ‘this is our land’ with ‘this is their land’. All the forces in the media and the economy were sucked into this concept and created a very thick layer which made ​​a career from this idea and has been unable to cut off the branch on which it sits.”