Glick: Despite Feiglin, I'm Staying in Likud

Temple activist says he is pained by Feiglin's loss in the primaries, but also by his decision to bolt the party.

Gil Ronen,

Yehuda Glick at Likud primaries
Yehuda Glick at Likud primaries
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Temple activist Yehuda Glick, a longtime ally and associate of MK Moshe Feiglin, said Tuesday that he does not intend to heed Feiglin's call to leave the Likud and form a new party.

"Moshe Feiglin is a dear friend and in many ways, in the course of recent years, has served as my guide and even more than that – a truly revered figure.

“His depth contrasts with the shallowness that characterizes many of our politicians.

"It is especially for this reason that I was pained by his loss in the primaries, but I am no less troubled by his decision yesterday to leave the Likud.

"What makes matters easier for me is the principle of freedom in Moshe's philosophy.

"In the name of our common principles, I am allowing myself to take the freedom to decide to stay in Likud and even work with full stamina so that the next elections see a large Likud party elected, that will be able to establish a stable, strong leadership.”

Glick attended the Likud party conference in Tel Aviv Monday night, stating that for him, "Likud is home, and the party is an embrace."

Glick noted that many Likud MKs and officials have given him support following his brush with death.

"I received many phone calls, many text messages, prayers – all of these things," he told Arutz Sheva at the conference. "I came to say, 'thank you very much.'"

Glick affirmed that he is #33 on the Likud list, but added that he did not come to the event because of that, but because he "loves this party."

"I love these people, and I feel them return that love all the time," he said.

Glick also received an embrace from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and noted that he "encouraged him [Netanyahu]" during the exchange, thanking him for "eliminating the terrorist [who shot Glick – ed.] on the same night [as the shooting]" and for calling Glick's father and wife after the attack.

"I told him that we have issues to discuss, and he promised me that he would," he added.

Glick – who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount – has worked intensely to promote equal prayer rights at Judaism's holiest site, which has heavy restrictions on Jewish prayer and visitation.