I think that Mattot Arim's list will be very popular tomorrow in the voting. I must admit that I got a list from people I trust as an sms (phone message) which is convenient. I just have to take my phone in with me to vote.
In previous elections I tried to choose on my own, but now I just don't trust anyone of my old friends.
I was surprised to hear that Tzachi Hanegbi was running again. I love his mother, but I won't vote for him. He no longer stands for any principles, other than opportunism. He was in Kadima! And Benny Begin may be a fine, honest, honorable man, but he has no ideological backbone.
At this point, after all that has happened in the past decade in Likud, it's important that the "powers" see that the primary voters who care about Jewish Rights in the Land of Israel are sticking together.
And to make it all worse, I don't think that the individual MKs or even government ministers have any real influence in government policy. The bigger the cabinet the less power for the individual minister.
Bibi keeps his cards close to his chest. He does not "poll" the Likud Mks or ministers. Bibi doesn't care what the Likud Knesset Members or cabinet ministers or even the voters think. He meets with his "buddies," what was called in Golda's day the "kitchen cabinet." As Prime Minister Netanyahu has a small circle of people he trusts, and they have a lot of power. Unfortunately Ehud Barak is one of them. So, when you vote Likud, you get ol' Ehud barach, the guy who fled.
That's why even though I've been a member of the Likud for whatever reasons, I'm not going to vote for them in the Knesset Elections.
You must be asking yourself:
"So, why does she think it's important to vote for the Right wing Likud people in the primaries? What's the point if they don't have power?"
The more strong Right wing MKs in Likud the harder it will for Bibi to enforce voting discipline. He should fear that they will break away and join Eldad and Ben-Ari. We must have Eldad and Ben-Ari in the Knesset to be a Right magnet. I'd love for there to be a Likud breakaway to join up with them. And Bibi actually needs them in Knesset so he can use them as an excuse when under foreign pressure. The worst thing for him will be to be considered the party furthest to the Right. More about that in posts leading up to the elections....