After two days of voting, marred by an array of technical problems, nationalists rejoiced as the Likud primaries ended on Monday night with a clear victory for the party’s more Right wing candidates.
Moshe Feiglin, who placed 14th on the Likud’s list for the Knesset, meaning that he will almost undoubtedly ensure a seat in the upcoming election, told Arutz Sheva that the recent victory is “just the beginning.”
“I feel a heavy responsibility on my shoulders to bring the ideas that we started with ‘Zo Artzeinu’ and ‘Manhigut Yehudit’ to the front of the leading party of Israel and we’re not gonna stop,” Feiglin said.
The high-ranking Likud member founded the Zo Artzeinu (This is Our Land) grassroots movement in 1994 in reaction to the infamous Oslo Agreements, and later founded the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) organization, which has since joined the Likud with the goal of “influencing from within.”
Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely, who ranked in ninth place on the list, said that she is “very happy for the party of…the Likud… the leadership has chosen the most ideological people.”
“This is what I’m really glad to be part of,” she said.
MK Danny Danon, who placed in fifth spot, told Arutz Sheva that, “There is a great evening here tonight with my friends from the Kikud and they told me something very clear: We know that you were loyal to the party, the values of Israel and we want you to be back in the Knesset to fight for those values. I am grateful for the results and I will continue to flight for the Likud and for the Land of Israel.”
“I think we are very, very committed to our ideology, to our roots, and that’s what needs to be done in the next era,” added Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, who garnered the third spot on the list.
Speaking to Feiglin, Arutz Sheva asked the candidate how he feels now that his face will now appear in the commercials and advertisements of the Leftist parties, who are going to assert that ‘The Likud is Feiglin.’ The candidate responded by saying that such a development would leave him feeling “very proud.”
The Likud is moving in a direction that is “Right wing, very nationalistic” and includes “more believing people, more values, more loyalty to the land,” Feiglin asserted.
“This is the kind of Likud we wanted,” he added.
“Likud is a right wing party and we are going to lead the party to a right wing ruling party,” said Hatovely.
“The people of Israel are moving to the Right, the youngsters are moving to the Right,” asserted Danon. “I am proud to be a Right wing, Zionist MK in the Knesset.”
Silvan Shalom noted his optimism stating, “I think we can attract the Israeli voters and I believe that we will run the next election by telling the people of Israel that if they will choose to vote for the Likus, they will get the best government they can have.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday night predicted that his Likud party would continue to rule because Israel needs an experienced, ideological and responsible government to protect the country's security and economy.
“We have a national team, a strong and young team, a veteran and talented team that came from all parts of the nation and represents all sections of the people,” he said.
"Today it has been proven once again that the Likud is the party of the people," Netanyahu added.