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      Feiglin to be Deputy Knesset Speaker

      Netanyahu decides to promote his former arch-foe within Likud to the important position of Deputy Speaker.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 3/18/2013, 2:52 PM

      Moshe Feiglin
      Moshe Feiglin
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      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has appointed his former arch-foe within the Likud party, MK Moshe Feiglin, as Deputy Knesset Speaker.

      MK Feiglin will be one of several deputy speakers, as is customary.

      MK Feiglin announced Monday afternoon that the prime minister offered him the post when they met earlier in the day. "I thanked him and accepted the position," he added.

      The deputy speakers rotate in chairing Knesset plenum sessions, when the Speaker does not chair them.

      MK Feiglin has been competing against Netanyahu in Likud primaries since 2003. He heads the Jewish Leadership faction within the party, and thousands of Likud members are very loyal to him, thus making him a heavy power broker within Likud.

      In the past two years, Feiglin has softened his opposition to Netanyahu and has accepted him as Likud's leader, although he says he still intends to lead Likud after the Netanyahu era. 

      MK Feiglin has founded several Knesset lobbies, or caucuses, since entering office, including the Libertarian Lobby and the Lobby for Strengthening Family and Community Values.

      The new Knesset Speaker will be MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud).