Feiglin Favors One Large Nationalist Bloc

MK Feiglin says it would be a good idea to have all the nationalist parties run together as one bloc - but only if led by a strong Likud.

Hezki Baruch ,

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
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MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) said on Saturday night that he would welcome a scenario whereby all the nationalist parties will run together under one umbrella.

The comments came in response to reports on Channel 2 News on Friday, according to which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett had discussed the possibility of running together in the next election, similar to the joint list of Likud and Yisrael Beytenu in the last election.

The report has yet to be confirmed by either Likud or Jewish Home, and Bennett said in an interview on Channel 2 Saturday night that he and Netanyahu had not discussed such an option.

"I always said that it would be the right thing to bring together the entire national camp into one big bloc led by the Likud - much like the Republican Party in the United States. But the process we are witnessing is one in which Likud no longer leads but is melting away. The loss of national values resulted in the Likud falling from 40 seats and having to join Liberman to stay in power," Feiglin said.

"Liberman received a third of the Likud’s power on the joint list. The Likud now gives Bennett half of its power. At this rate, the fate of the Likud which has lost its values may end up like the fate of Kadima. Only Likud under my leadership, a Likud with a way and values, will be able to bring home the wandering voters who sought the various substitutes in the national camp,” he added.

Likud and Yisrael Beytenu forged an alliance prior to the last national election. While internal surveys conducted by Likud showed that the merger would increase the number of mandates shared by the parties, analysts warned that the move could become the biggest political mistake in the elections.

Ultimately, the joint list won only 31 seats in the elections, far below the number it expected to achieve. The joint list was the Knesset’s largest faction, but the number of seats shared between the two factions was down from 42 seats in the last Knesset.

In July, Liberman announced that his faction is splitting off from Likud's and will be independent from it. With the recent resignation from the Knesset of Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, the Likud became the second largest party in the Knesset to Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, as Sa’ar was replaced by Leon Litinetski, a member of Liberman’s party.