Netanyahu big winner of Likud primaries
Attila Somfalvi
Published: 01.02.12, 01:38
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1. Congratulations
Pasquinel ,   Canada, London   (02.01.12)
Godspeed Mr PM. May G_D bless Israel.
2. Feiglin won 30%
Rabbi Yakov Lazaros ,   USA   (02.01.12)
Pretty good considering that Netanyahu is the sitting Prime Minister and had the money and the media behind him. It shows that 30% are tired of him destroying settlements and doing everthing to appease the US and Europe.
3. Now ball up and dump barak.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (02.01.12)
4. What are you talking about ?
Sam ,   Eretz Israel   (02.01.12)
The final result is 63-37, where did you see 73% ????
5. what did Feiglin prove?
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (02.01.12)
He is in the wrong party. He has been marginalized and has no voice in Likud. Let him open up his own party instead of trying with his band of ardent followers to oust Bibi. He has been a loser in the Likud too long to be taken seriously.
6. Feiglin a poor looser?
GLAD! GO BIBI! ,   Haifa   (02.01.12)
Why imply "irregularities" in the vote count? Even with low turn out Bibi took 70%. What would it have been with more? It was only BEYOND the green line Feiglin got his 20%.
7. Feiglin would have done even better
Aviela Deitch ,   MIGRON, ISRAEL   (02.01.12)
Had it not been rigged. My husband and I pay Likud dues as a couple. I was on the local registration book, but they had stuck him in Beit Aryeh, an hour away. By the time we found this out, he had already missed 1/2 day of work (because the polling station opened very late) and couldn't get to Beit Aryeh. This is certainly not democracy.
8. dirty tricks- not implied irregularities
jack bauer   (02.01.12)
and bibi will say he has a mandate to continue with destruction of Israel
9. hollow victory for Feiglin
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (02.01.12)
What happened was that most of Feiglin's supporters voted, while the rest of Likud was apathetic to the primary since Feiglin had no chance and Bibi would certainly win. So the majority of Likud was apathetic and there was a poor turn out. Feiglin's group are highly dedicated so they turned out enmass. Hence the deceiving statistics that Feiglin got 30%. If all of Likud voted he would not have gotten 10%. BTW, I am a supporter of Feiglin but wish that he would give up this idea of taking over Likud. It is a stupid dream that won't materialize in Feiglin's near life time. He would be better off with his own party, at least he would get a seat in the Knesset.
10. Bibi and the Likud Primary
Jerry ,   Jerusalem,Israel   (02.01.12)
Gosh, that was about as exciting as two turtles running the 100 yard dash
11. Feiglin lost.
Spencer ,   Israel   (02.01.12)
Feiglin has no place in the Likud. This poor loser should form his own party and then see how he does. He wouldn't even get the minimum votes for a seat in the Knesset. The only areas in which he got votes were those where extremist elements reside.
12. Congratulation! Nethanjahu - Nomen est omen !
who cares   (02.01.12)
The right man in the right place in the right time !
13. Was Sheldon Adelson involved in this primary too?
Mark ,   Israel   (02.01.12)
14. I was there at the polling station in Jerusalem by the cbs
Glen ,   Israel   (02.01.12)
and I saw bib's "protectsia-supporters" stuff their jackets with ballots and go into the polling station 8 times in 8 hours. Im sure I didn't catch all the times. That is illegal and is a farce. The security details were young kids half of whom were outspoken in favor of Bibi. can you imagine in the usa a polling station where the "officials" and the "security" are all ardent democrats or republicans and are vocal about it? We need anglos to come here and continue improving Israels attempts at democracy. the answer doesn't go away by itself. aliyah! even for half the year, if thats what it takes.
15. I Don't Understand Why People Buy This Crap
Ariel Ben Yochanan ,   Kfar Tapuah, Efraim   (02.01.12)
B"H Since when is it a Jewish idea to ask the people what is right and what is wrong? Is Judaism not about having a set of rules, halacha, Jewish Law and a Jewish administration that enforces it? Why we are so single minded to try to make this Hellenistic concept, "democracy", work for us, at whatever cost? Is it intended for us at the first place? The answer is no, it is not. Jews voted for Hashem in Sinai, for all generations. That vote is in force today as it was in force yesterday as it was in force 3324 years ago. The "democratic process" that we are experiencing in modern day Israel has nothing to do with Judaism and therefore it is pawn to fail us. It may be good for the nations, but the Jews were given a different model to showcase to the world. Essentially, we have eternal, not man-made Laws and a Torah-institutional apparatus to run the show on the Land of Israel. This also is a system with fine checks and balances. The fact that Mr. Feiglin participates in the democratic process that has nothing to do with Judaism is the proof that he does not mean what he says: You can’t get to a Jewish State Moshe, by un-Jewish means.
16. A clarification
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (02.01.12)
The Talkbackers and article do not give the correct picture. Netanyahu said he needed to keep Feiglin below 20%. By that measure, Netanyahu lost. Feiglin said he needed more than 30%. By that measure, he lost. No one, not even Feiglin, expected or wanted him to defeat Netanyahu. The only thing that matters is the election to Likud Central Commitee. If "askanim" won (as #14 implies), then if he wants Netanyahu can appoint Barak, Mofaz, Hanegbi, Peres and even Yariv Oppenheimer to be Likud MKs and ministers. If Likudinks won, then Netanyahu will have to appoint Likudniks to be MKs and ministers.
17. livni and primary
alexi   (02.01.12)
everytime livni speaks like recently on the extremist likud shows how disconnected she is. In her upcoming primary, she will lose and have a meltdown and leave kadima in shame. Replacing her will be a game general mofaz who was a lousy chief of staff and a lousy sloppy dm saved by yaalon's good work on the west bank. sharon had his bliind spots because to appoint olmert and livni, 2 unparallel in competents to top ministries shows he was an ignoramus in political matters. Livni will lose and watch her rant and rage at the religions for all her problems. her manner is that of ehud barak-imperious, disconnected, stupid and lacking content. What she says goes right into the trash bin.
18. #15, Is Kfar Tapuach not in Israel?
Michael ,   California, USA   (02.01.12)
What a bunch of nonsense your message is. Israel is a modern country, a modern nation. It is connected historically to the "events," beliefs rather, that you are mentioning, connected to some of those legends. But they have no bearing on the modern state, never will have a bearing anymore. Time you comprehend this and join the living.
19. When will Bibi start tackling some hard issues?
Michael ,   California, USA   (02.01.12)
Congratulations to PM Netanyahu for being able to guide his coalition a long time, longer than many of his predecessors. This is a remarkable achievement, but many of the real hard issues that could topple the coalition remain untouched. If you continue in the role of a PM, you should be more daring Mr. Netanyahu. Please work on separating State and Religion in Israel and deliver it to the twenty fist century. This will be a very good start.
20. You're both right and wrong.
James ,   Raleigh US   (02.01.12)
G-d is real no matter what some liberal hippie professor tried to teach you. You only have to open your eyes to see it. Failure to believe in Him requires a greater amount of faith. G-d gave his people the free will to choose their fate. No man can rule our minds and thoughts. Therefore, democracy presents the best option for those who are truly free. Pray that He will provide you with the governance that is most in tune with his will.
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