Moshe Feiglin, the head of the Jewish Leadership Movement who recently landed the 20th slot on the Likud roster for the upcoming general elections, was bumped to the unrealistic 36th spot by the party's Elections Committee on Thursday. Through his media advisor, Feiglin said he would not appeal the decision in court.
Just hours earlier Fieglin vowed the battle was far from over. Speaking with Ynet he said: "It's clear to me that there will have to be a legal battle," he said. "I am confident we will win this battle because the constitution is not up for interpretation. The Likud will lose this battle.
"The Elections Committee is composed of politicians and it couldn't stand the enormous pressure placed on it by Bibi and his staff.... Now the matter is being transferred to the courts. I know the Likud and the public is with me, and that everyone understands Netanyahu is making a fool of himself. The truth will come out and nothing will help him."
The petition against Feiglin was submitted by Ophir Ekonis, number 28 on the roster and a close associate of Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the petition Akunis claimed that since the women in the party were elected to higher positions than the slots secured for them, those slots should go to the members elected by the districts, such as Akunis, who was elected by the Tel Aviv district.
He claimed these members should be allotted the higher slots at the expense of the nationally elected members, such as Feiglin. The decision places Feiglin in a slot that may not grant him the status of MK in the next Knesset, as recent polls have awarded the Likud no more than 30 mandates.
Likud hardliner Moshe Feiglin's communications director, Amnon Shomrom, said that he was not surprised by the party's Elections Committee decision to demote Feiglin to the 36th slot on its Knesset roster, despite his winning the No. 20 slot in the primaries.
"The Netanyahu committee is simply complying with the chairman's every demand," he said, adding that Feiglin's will use every legal recourse at his disposal to overturn the decision, including filing a High Court petition against it.