Netanyahu Feared Feiglin, Sources Say (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/08/12)
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The embarrassment he suffered in Sunday´s hectic Likud conference
pushed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to rethink early elections,
political sources have told Arutz Sheva. Netanyahu failed to convince
the assembly to conduct an open vote on the personal makeup of key
positions that would have enabled him to control the conference.
Feiglin supporters were prominent among conference members who
vocally demanded a secret ballot, until Netanyahu gave in.
The sources said that Netanyahu´s unpleasant experience caused him to
fear a strengthening of Moshe Feiglin´s National Leadership camp in
Likud, and its ramifications for the Likud, if the party enters
primary season ahead of a new election.
Netanyahu did not expect to experience a defeat inside his Likud
bastion immediately upon rising from the Shiva mourning period over
his father, the sources added. The initiative for unity came from
both Netanyahu and Mofaz, they revealed, with former Prime Minister´s
Bureau chief Natan Eshel and Mofaz adviser Lior Horev running things
behind the scenes.
Feiglin reacted to the announcement of the unity government on his
Facebook page Tuesday, saying: "Elections are not a good thing and I
commend Netanyahu for his move." Regarding the ramifications for the
Ulpana neighborhood, he said: "Netanyahu can easily legalize the
matter of the Ulpana together with Mofaz, thus safeguarding the
Likud´s continued rule in the future." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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