Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Bibi’s grapes of wrath

Bibi Netanyahu, ever the consummate democrat, has lost another Likud court challenge to have his rival for the Likud leadership barred from running in the leadership race. Allegedly Netanyahu’s fraction is so outraged by Feiglin’s membership in the Likud, they are prepared to go to the Israeli High Court of Justice to have Feiglin removed from the party after the primaries are held. The Jerusalem Post reports:
An internal Likud court decided on Monday to allow Likud activist Moshe Feiglin to seek the party's leadership but said it would address whether he could be expelled from the party after the August 14 primary.

Feiglin declared victory after the decision, but Likud officials said his legal battle was far from over. They said Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu was prepared to go to the High Court of Justice after the election to try to remove him from the party.

"The High Court will have to decide whether the party can distance people based on their ideological views," a Likud source said. "It's the same as if Ahmed Tibi joined the Likud. As a matter of principle, we need to know whether the party can defend itself from a hostile takeover."
Feiglin responded to the attack from Netanyahu by accusing him of being "hysterical" and avoiding a debate with him. "I don't know what he is afraid of," Feiglin said. "I am presenting my views and Netanyahu, instead of saying what he believes in, is trying to stop me from running. I have given up hope of hearing Netanyahu's opinion."
It does make one wonder just how afraid Bibi really is.


Michael said...

The more I learn about Feiglin, the more I like him. At least he's saying that Israel is Jewish, should stay that way, and should defend itself without apology.

I still think that, in government, Bibi is wasted if he isn't Foreign Minister, or Ambassador to the States.

Kateland, aka TZH said...

That's the thing about Feiglin, the more one learns, the more he appeals. Certainly, he isn't the run of the mill Israeli politico.

I agree with you Bibi's talent lays in communicating to the anglo world, but watching Bibi jump thru these hoops in attempts to discredit/barr Feiglin rather than taking on Feiglin's ideas is rapidly turning me off Bibi. I mean really, how many self-serving politicans does one country need and hasn't Israel reached its quota yet????