Likud Anglos to use AIPAC model in Knesset lobbying day (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 03/21/12)
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There will not be thousands of people lobbying Knesset members on
Wednesday, as happens in Congress every year on the final day of the
AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
But the dozen immigrants from English-speaking countries coming to
the Knesset to speak to Likud MKs about issues important to them is a
start. The AIPAC-style lobby day is organized by Likud Anglos, which
has formed a caucus in the newly elected Likud central committee to
advance issues that are important to native English speakers in
“Likud Anglos is supposed to be modeled after AIPAC, not in terms of
its policies or principles but its strategy and its success,” said
Likud Anglos director Daniel Tauber, who was recently elected to the
The delegation will be meeting with ministers, deputy ministers and
MKs who are running for the leadership of Likud institutions in an
election that is expected to be held in May.
Tauber listed four key categories of issues that will be on the
delegation’s agenda in their lobbying effort: Maintaining the current
system for selecting the party’s MKs; keeping the Likud loyal to its
ideology and the land of Israel; making the party more democratic and
efficient; and issues specific to the Anglo community.
The Likud activists will ask the MKs to ease the process of immigrant
professionals’ certification in their fields, improve the quality of
life in Israel, and make the electoral system more accountable and
constituency oriented. The activists favor electing part of the
Knesset via direct, regional elections.
Regarding the system for electing the Likud’s Knesset slate, the
Anglos have taken an unpopular position in the central committee. MKs
have estimated that some 75 percent of central committee members want
to be given the right to select the party’s MKs, a task currently in
the hands of the entire Likud membership. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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