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Feiglin eyes merger with National Union

Ultra-rightist Likud member who secured spot on party's list says merger with National Union and Habayit Hayehudi would guarantee victory for rightist bloc in next elections

Itamar Fleishman
Published: 11.27.12, 13:02 / Israel News

Moshe Feiglin, the person who best represents the Likud's shift to the Right following this week's primaries, does not believe the new list is of a far-rightist nature and has already set his eyes on the next goal – a merger with the National Union and Habayit Hayehudi.

 

"I expect we'll see a merger with the National Union and Naftali Bennett's party," he told Ynet on Tuesday. "This bloc can guarantee victory in the upcoming election. It's time for the religious Zionism to take center stage in the political arena."

 

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He dismissed claims that the new Likud list has shifted towards the extreme Right as "nonsense."

 

Having been previously convicted of sedition, Feiglin reiterated his opposition to a Palestinian state, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to endorse at the Bar-Ilan speech.

 


פייגלין עם יריב לוין. "הציבור התפכח" (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Feiglin with Yariv Levine (Photo: Moti Kimhi) 

 

"The public has become disillusioned and is looking for solutions outside Oslo," he said. "There are only four leftist left in this country, two of which are in my family.

 

This thing leads only to rockets on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Herzl dreamed of a Jewish not a Palestinian state. We have to focus on a Jewish state."

 

A self-proclaimed homophobe, Feiglin said Israelis would be surprised with how liberal he really is.

 

"I'm against religious coercion and legislation. Any freedom-seeking Israeli will see that my door is open, I represent all Israelis, both from the right and the left."

 

Feiglin has recently spoken in favor of legalizing cannabis and plans to draft a bill on the matter. He has also expressed willingness to cooperate with Yisrael Beiteinu in its civil marriage bill.

 

Asked about his relationship with his bitter rival Benjamin Netanyahu he said, "It's no secret that we're at a different place than we were years ago. I love Netanyahu and wish the public could see just how much this government has accomplished. "

 

Feiglin, 50, a resident of Karnei Shomron is a married father of five.

 

 

 

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