Uzi Cohen wants to see actions, not words Photo: Yaron Brenner
Likud members: Bomb Iran
In conference organized Saturday night by Minister Yisrael Katz, 400 Likud members vote to 'bomb nuclear reactor before it is too late'; party's central committee expected to convene Sunday to approve change in constitution initiated by Likud Chairman Netanyahu
About 400 Likud members, who took part Saturday evening in a conference organized by Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz in the town of Hod Hasharon, voted by a large majority to "bomb Iran's nuclear reactor before it is too late," in the words of Likud member and Ra'anana Deputy Mayor Uzi Cohen.
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According to Cohen, "we have been following the Iranians for a long time now, but the defense establishment chiefs issue warnings without doing anything."
"We must act as (former Prime Minister Menachem) Begin did when he bombed Iraq's nuclear reactor," he said.
In the conference, Minister Katz praised the Likud members who did not leave "home" even after the "big bang" created when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon left the Likud and established his new party Kadima.
"Kadima wants to pay its active members to bring voters to the polls. They miss the good days of the Likud, the real activists who work wholeheartedly because of their faith and views and not for money or bonuses," he said.
'Likud will win elections'
"You, the active members, are the proof that Likud exists, Likud is growing, Likud will grow and Likud will win the elections," Katz added.
Meanwhile, the Likud Central Committee is expected to convene Sunday in order to discuss a change to the party's constitution.
The issue at the top of the agenda will be an initiative proposed by Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu that would see individuals with criminal records barred from the Likud's Knesset list.
The members are expected to approve the change to the party's charter, thus enabling Netanyahu to score his first internal victory.