Nationalists Score Victory in Likud Primaries

November 27, 2012  

Moshe Feiglin is highly likely to be a Knesset member after the upcoming elections, according to preliminary, unofficial results of the Likud primaries, which ended on Monday evening after a two-day vote.

Feiglin placed 14 in the primaries, meaning he will be placed 15th on its Knesset’s list (Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as party chairman has the number one spot).

The unofficial line-up, according to the report, is as follows (MKs who served in the outgoing Knesset and their positions, when applicable, in bold):

1.Education Minister Gidon Sa’ar

2.Environmental Minister Gilad Erdan

3.Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom

4.Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz

5.MK Danny Danon

6.Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin

7.Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon

8.Coalition chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin

9. MK Tzipi Hotovely

10. MK Yariv Levin

11. Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein

12. MK Haim Katz

13. MK Miri Regev

14.   Moshe Feiglin

15.   Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz

16.   Tzachi Hanegbi

17.   Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat

18.   MK Ofir Akunis

19.   Deputy Minister Gila Gamliel

20.  MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen

21.   Minister Benny Begin

22.   Kety Sheetrit

23.Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter

24.Minister Dan Meridor

The results mark a victory for the more nationalist members of the Likud, who took the higher spots on the list. It also means that members such as Begin and Meridor, who were considered to be more moderate, have gotten an unrealistic spot and will likely not be in the next Knesset.

Also left off the list was Minister Michael Eitan who ranked 30th, according to Army Radio.

The list does not include the members of Yisrael Beytenu who will be incorporated into the list once the party chooses its list.

The polls in the second day of the Likud’s primaries closed at 10:00 p.m. Monday evening. The voting was extended by one hour in polls in Judea and Samaria, after groups of Likud activists from the region submitted a petition, arguing that there are irregularities in the vote. Subsequently it was decided that voting would be extended by one hour throughout Israel.

According to figures released after the polls closed, about 58% of Likud members – almost 72,000 registered voters – exercised their right to vote.

The voting was supposed to end on Sunday night, but many computer glitches caused the party’s election committee to extend the vote by another day.

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