A Likud activist who works on behalf of the party in Judea and Samaria on Thursday rejected claims that there had been a drop in support for the party in the region – and in fact, the situation was just the opposite, with levels of support rising for the party in Judea and Samaria.
Rabbi Yehuda Glick said that in 90% of localities in Judea and Samaria, there were more votes cast for the Likud than there were Likud party members. There had been concern among some Likud activists in Judea and Samaria that many Likud members who had joined as part of the Manhigut Yehudit movement to vote in the Likud primaries would vote for Jewish Home or Otzma LeYisrael in the general election. But according to Glick, in the vast majority of cities and towns all Likud members voted for the party, with many others joining them.
As far as the small minority of towns where Likud membership exceeded the number of votes for the party in the general election, Glick said that they were generally very small towns where many of the Likud members were soldiers who were on active duty, and had voted on their bases or at other polling stations.
Glick, himself a member of the Likud, attributed the perceived “crisis” in relations between residents of Judea and Samaria and the party to actions by the Likud itself. “For example, there was tension in Beit El, where the Likud attacked the rabbinical leadership. Despite this, though, the Likud got a healthy turnout there, proving that the relationship between the party and residents of Judea and Samaria is sill healthy.”