Likud MK Moshe Feiglin was given an unrealistic spot to get into the next Knesset in Likud primaries tallied on Thursday, but according to reports on Friday that wasn't mere chance - he was the target of an orchestrated "political assassination" from within the party.
According to Yedioth Aharonoth, the main hand behind Feiglin's primaries failure was none other than Haim Bibas, director of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's elections headquarters, mayor of Modi'in and director of the regional authority of the city.
Bibas held a campaign to convince Likud activists in Judea and Samaria not to support Feiglin, according to the paper.
"We wiped him out below the radar," a senior Likud source was quoted as saying. "It took Likudniks time to understand that he causes us damage. This is Netanyahu's greatest success in these primaries."
Another opponent of Feiglin who acted for his downfall according to the report is his neighbor in Karnei Shomron in Samaria, Asi Levi, who is a member of the Karnei Shomron Regional Council.
"All these years we helped Feiglin succeed, but he had delusions of grandeur. I came to the conclusion that he isn't a Likudnik but rather acts to crush the Likud," Levi was quoted as saying. He then admitted "we did a 'targeted killing' on Feiglin."
The accusations that Feiglin acted against Likud may reference the criticism Feiglin frequently leveled at his party for taking actions against its nationalist and Zionist platform.
For example, in December 2013 Feiglin attacked Likud and Jewish Home saying "the right has disappeared," after he was the only MK from traditionally "right-wing" parties to appear at a vote on a bill that would require 80 MKs to agree to any division of Jerusalem.
Later that same month he again sharply criticized Likud and Jewish Home for supporting the passage of a law giving same-sex couples a tax break as if they were a married couple.
The talk of a "targeted killing" of Feiglin comes after his aide, Michael Pu'ah, accused Netanyahu of intentionally forcing Feiglin into an unrealistic spot on the list, and accused him of tampering with the vote.