Feiglin: Sharon Afraid of His Own Party

Prime Minister Sharon will not bring his "unilateral disengagement" plan to the Likud Party Central Committee for approval - at least not now. Moshe Feiglin says that Sharon is afraid his own party will not support him.

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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has decided not to bring his "unilateral disengagement" plan to the Likud Party Central Committee for its approval - at least not now. Instead, he plans to present the controversial - some call it defeatist - proposal to the Cabinet for its approval "when it becomes relevant." Moshe Feiglin says that Sharon is afraid that his own party will not support his plan.

Feiglin leads the Manhigut Yehudit faction with the Likud, which has been spearheading an effort to ensure that Sharon not carry out actions in opposition to party policy. "This is exactly our fight," Feiglin told Arutz-7 today. "We don't want dictators. The party's Central Committee is the party, so that if Sharon tries to bypass this organ, he's essentially saying that he is afraid of his own party, and that he wishes to act in opposition to the body that chose him."

Manhigut Yehudit (lit., Jewish Leadership) has proposed a change to the party's Constitution - known as the Clause 19Cproposal - according to which any Cabinet Minister or MK who votes against a Central Committee decision would not be permitted to run for national office on the Likud party list in the next election. "I don't want to get anyone's hopes up too high," Feiglin said. "Passing this change would of course be a significant achievement, as no minister will want to face the possibility of being brought to the Likud Court for having voted for something that might possibly be against a Central Committee decision. But it's not a complete guarantee of anything. In addition, while our chances of having this change passed are good, they are not excellent. I've heard talk that they [those in the Likud who oppose the change] might try to involve the Supreme Court in this, and all sorts of tricks.

"But I'm not worried," Feiglin continued with confidence. "We are in an ongoing struggle, one that takes time and that will not be decided over one issue. If we succeed in passing 19C, we will have advanced a lot, and if we don't succeed, we will have advanced a little. That's how we must view it. Nothing is decided in one moment, and I know that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. G-d has His own agenda, and we are doing what He wants, and therefore I am not concerned. Even Zehavi [a talk show host known for his agitated manner] asked me how it is that I'm so calm, and I tell him the same thing."

Feiglin emphasized that a primary goal of his organization at present is to sign up new Likud members

in the Manhigut Yehudit faction : "It's not just that every new member is another vote for our proposals, and the like. The objective is for the Likud people to see that we are a rising force, and they will then act accordingly. We see how several ministers have been speaking lately - it's because they see our strength, and take an approach of 'If you can't beat them, join them.'"