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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Let's guess the percentage...

... that Moshe Feiglin will get in the Likud Primaries.

Carl also supports him and gives some good reasons. His reasons are not the same as mine, but we do come to the same conclusion.

While talking to a good friend about Feiglin's support, it occurred to me that if Feiglin does "too well," the chances are that Bibi will most probably invite back some of the former Likud MK's, who had deserted to Kadima. That will strengthen him and gives the turncoats a chance to keep their seats.

The big problem with Feiglin is that he has been working too superficially within the Likud, focusing on elections. He thinks as an outsider. To take over the party, he must work from the bottom up. He has to take over the party institutions and internal positions. He should have been convincing old time Likudniks, who think of themselves as from Cherut or Gachal, that he's one of them.

I'm supporting Feiglin, because I think that Bibi* will endanger the country, because he's too much like Barak and Olmert (and Sharansky) in his policies. They all promote, support giving the Arabs our land. Bibi and Sharansky attach it to "conditions," but it's all the same. Whether the Arabs call themselves "modern, western democrats" or just plain terrorist anarchists, they still want to destroy the State of Israel. That's the bottom line.

When you're buying something expensive, you need to know the final price, not the base price without taxes and surcharges.

*Yes, there's a third candidate, Danny Danon. I've checked with sources who've worked with him, and they all say that he's an unreliable opportunist, like a young Olmert, but worse, since Olmert was better in his youth.

2 comments:

josh said...

I agree with some of your points.

One of Moshe's problems is that in fact, he seems to refuse to play the internal dirty politicking, but frankly, I have no idea if he has canvassed Likud vatikim either.

I remember hearing a couple of years ago some commentary about why the old-time and run of the mill Likud sees him as dangerous. It basically went that Moshe and his followers are not interested in internal politics, backslapping, and 'scratch my back' dealings that make your typical political party a cohesive unit. I admire Moshe for being above that and sticking to his religious ideals not to become a pig that most, if not all, other religious politicians have become to a certain extent.

Another thing is the charisma. He talks the talk, but we need to hear it said properly, out loud. Yes, hashgacha pratit always works, but doing hishtadlut (and taking public speaking courses) would improve the product.

As for what is good or bad for Israel; I think that question is frankly way beyond our scope as religious Jews. Rule number 1: God is always right and everything is always for the better. It really, really does not matter who is in power because Rule number 2: The success of the leader depends on us. Bibi, Peres, Barak, Olmert, Sharon, etc... If Hashem wants them to succeed in their evil plans, He allows it, if not, He makes them fall.

Batya said...

What's sad is that his platform is good but his "politics" is useless.
Unfortunately, one has to play politics. That's the lesson we must learn from Olmert and Sharon. Sharon did it in the end with personal charisma and Olmert, lacking charisma succeeds with technique. Feiglin has neither.