His own Worst Enemy

Posted: December 11th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: elections, The Right | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Up until last week, Benjamin Netanyahu ran a well disciplined and executed campaign. But the events of the recent week reminded everyone how Netanyahu was always his own worst enemy.

What he did was try to stop the extreme right wing Likud Member, Moshe Feiglin, head of the “Jewish Leadership” fraction, from winning one of the top spots in the Likud’s list of candidates for the next Knesset. Feiglin ended up winning the 20th place – not too high on the list, but good enough to get him into the Knesset. However, to Feiglin’s delight, the big winners in these primaries were some of the most hawkish figures in the Likud, while Netanyahu’s new guys – like basketball star Tal Brody, ex-general Uzi Dayan and ex-police commissioner Assaf Hefets – ended at the bottom of the list.

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