Now that the Likud party primaries are over and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu earned a resounding victory, Chairman of the Yisrael Beitenu party MK Avigdor Lieberman speaks out in support of the challenger and loser in the Likud election, MK Gideon Saar, stating PM Netanyahu did not permit him to exercise his democratic rights.
In a Sunday morning post to his Facebook page, Lieberman writes, “The results of the Likud primaries are not at all surprising. It was known in advance in light of the actions taken openly and hidden by the prime minister and persons close to him to prevent his rivals from exercising their voting rights.
Lieberman posted, “The Likud court served as a rubber stamp and canceled the membership to anyone who expressed any legitimate stance on the need to replace Netanyahu. It is no longer the liberal Likud party that carved out the concept of the worldview and teachings of Ze’ev Jabotinsky. This is no longer the party of Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Shamir and many others who left or were forced to leave in recent years”.
Lieberman adds, “The Likud party that I know and have been a part of has lost its way. Anyone who does not support Netanyahu or expresses a different opinion is labeled as a traitor, a leftist and one who uproots Israel” Lieberman adds.
He concludes, “To all those who miss the Likud of yesteryear, a true right-wing party based on Jabotinsky’s teachings, to return the State of Israel to normalcy”.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
If all former Likudniks stayed in Likud, Likud would have an absolute majority in the Kenesset. However that is unlikely with proportional representation which encourage dissidents to set up their own parties rather than working to rise within a large party.
Mark your calendars, folks. Akuperma got something close to right. The parliamentary system as practiced in Israel does indeed encourage popular politicians who are not their parties’ leaders to bolt their parties and form their own. It’s not per se undemocratic or even a bad idea, but it leads to results that we don’t see in other democracies, like the need for 3 elections to get a prime minister. I don’t know that Israel should change anything, but for the present, things are weird. But let’s not forget – Israel is the Jewish state.
Lieberman is correct about this one
Sa’ar showed big courage taking on this primaries even if everything was stacked against