- So, first of all, here is the Feiglin report:
When you're engaged in a battle to change the very consciousness of the State of Israel, the hardest thing to do is stay calm while at the same time fighting harder than you can imagine. We came into this election knowing that the deck was stacked against us, as it has been since we positioned ourselves as the faith-based alternative to Israel's current leadership. Jewish Leadership - the name means that our goal is nothing less than replacing the powers that be in their entirety. So a little voting fraud, even a lot of it, doesn't surprise us one bit. In fact, had this election been squeaky clean, we'd feel a bit uncomfortable...
Initial reports of the count given to us by sources high up in the Likud reported that Moshe Feiglin got 36% of the Likud vote, with Netanyahu getting 63%. The story came out at around 1am, February 1. Had that story stuck then Netanyahu would most likely be on his way out of the Likud right now. Just like, had Feiglin kept his number 19 slot on the Likud Knesset roster in '08, Netanyahu would have left the party long ago. Imagine how embarrassing it would be for him if Feiglin were on his knesset list and no matter what he did, no matter how many threats he made, no matter how much iron coalition discipline he threw at Feiglin to vote the way he demanded and, say, kill a bill that would legalize Migron, Feiglin would never, ever break.
There's no one in the Knesset like that. Not one. Some are better than others, but no one dares disobey Netanyahu from within, openly, and challenge his leadership at every opportunity. Feiglin would have, every time, from inside the Knesset, from inside Netanyahu's own party, and he'd get censured and "disciplined" and banned from giving speeches on the plenum and maybe even banned from Likud faction meetings, but he'd vote his conscience and stand out like a sore thumb every time without exception. And the People of Israel would have paid very, very close attention. And the fear and mythology that surrounds the mystical elusive Netanyahu would have evaporated in days
That's why Netanyahu did everything he could to get Feiglin off his list back then, kosher or not. And that's why Netanyahu did everything he could to keep Feiglin at his previous 23% ceiling this time, kosher or not, even though he actually got 36%.
So over 1,000 people voted in Bet She'an, a Netanyahu stronghold, when there are only 700 Likud members there. Fraud. So they kicked our observers out of a bunch of places before the count started. Fraud. So in Beit Shemesh, Feiglin got hundreds more votes than reported according to our observers. Tens more examples like this. We'll fight it. We'll fight it as hard as we can. Maybe we'll win, maybe we'll lose, but in the end what we all must know is this:
Netanyahu and the powers that be can only fight reality for so long. The reality is, every time Feiglin has another shot, more Jewish souls are lit. And once lit, they never go out. At a certain point, the dam will break. There's nothing he or anyone else can do about it, because once the soul of this nation turns towards real Jewish leadership, no amount of fraud will be able to stop it.
So Bibi and the rest, I and those in this country who are awake and ready for the next round, say to you this: Bring it on. We'll be there, and your time is running out.
If you reading this want to be part of the next fight, I urge you to join Likud right this second. Right on Netanyahu's website, by clicking here.
How about this next article? Interesting that the following report by a direct participant in the Beth Shemesh Likud elections should have found its way to the Jewish Press, an American newspaper; yet I cannot find this story published anywhere in Israel. Whom are people scared of, I wonder? Could the "Shebang" have something to do with it? Or could it be that heavy"foreign" presence right here on Israeli soil?
- http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jewish-press-exclusive-likud-elections-exposed/2012/02/03/ By: Jeremy SaltanPublished: February 3rd, 2012
Latest update: February 4th, 2012An official ballot member and secretary for the Likud primary gives a first-hand account of the controversy surrounding the election.
A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend in Likud to offer my services as a non-partisan ballot member for the upcoming Likud elections. I was a perfect fit since I have never been a Likud member and I have never endorsed a candidate in any Likud primary election. So I stepped up and got the job.
I was delighted when I was offered the chairmanship of the Mevaseret Tzion poll, and happily accepted the position. I was proud to be part of the democratic process of an internal primary and expressed that view during an interview on [JewishPress.com's Managing Editor] Yishai Fleisher’s radio show on Galei Yisrael. I told the listeners that there would be a fair and free election in Mevaseret Tzion and I would not tolerate any corruption. The following afternoon I was told that the elections in Mevaseret Tzion’s community center were cancelled and instead were moved to Jerusalem. I was also informed that I had lost my chairmanship position. I asked a few of my Likud friends what they thought of the situation, and they suggested that this was not a coincidence. Some of them asked that I come forward. Instead I agreed to be transferred to the Beit Shemesh branch. I was not totally convinced there was foul play, and I wanted to see this election through.
The Beit Shemesh branch election results were known from the start. The traditional Beit Shemesh Likud voters decided to boycott the elections because they felt that Prime Minister Netanyahu had turned his back on them. Last minute efforts by Likud’s Beit Shemesh heavyweight Kati Sheetrit to broker a deal between the two sides failed miserably. A group of Likud contractors stood outside the poll center and made sure to send their people home, preventing Netanyahu from a victory in the Beit Shemesh branch.
With an expected turnout of about 20%, Moshe Feiglin knew he would be winning Beit Shemesh. The question was by how much. Netanyahu wisely moved three of the four Mateh Yehudah Regional Council polls to the Beit Shemesh location. The move was meant to cushion the hit he was going to take at the seven Beit Shemesh polls.
I arrived at the polling station at 9 AM. The manager of the location was clueless as to how to set up the ten voting stations and what to do with the 50 or so workers on site. The poll opened at 10:45, 45 minutes late. I spent the day checking voters’ identification and instructing them on how to vote in the three separate Likud elections. Turnout was under 20%. My polling station had the second largest turnout with a whopping 60 voters for the chairman election and 62 for the central committee and local branch elections. Our list had close to 300 voters. The results of my polling station were Feiglin 52 – Netanyahu 8. Observers from both Feiglin’s and Netanyahu’s camps, along with an external lawyer, verified the results. Overall, Feiglin won over 80% of Beit Shemesh’s seven polls, winning 274 votes to Netanyahu’s 60. The final numbers called at 1 AM received a consensus from both camps.
I volunteered to work extra hours and filled an additional position of securing the ballots. I was entrusted to sign and verify the results of the seven Beit Shemesh polls, including the three Mateh Yehuda polls at my location. The form transferred possession of the ballots from the three lawyers at the location to me. I supervised the transfer of the ballot boxes onto the truck and accompanied the boxes to the drop-off spot in Petah Tikvah. Along the way I signed for the ballots from the additional Mateh Yehuda polling station and four Modiin polling stations. We dropped off the 15 ballots, and I transferred responsibility on to the industrial factory personnel.
When I saw the Beit Shemesh results posted on the internet – Feiglin 126, Netanyahu 77 – I knew they were wrong. I had verified every ballot result, and the official results appeared to be fabricated. I saw that Feiglin was planning on appealing the results. I decided to take action and called Shmuel Sackett, a key Feiglin supporter, and offered my testimony as part of the official appeal. Sackett discussed the matter with Feiglin’s right hand man, Michael Puah, but the two decided against it.
I want to make it clear that I am not a supporter of Moshe Feiglin. I don’t even understand the need to tinker with the results because Netanyahu won by a wide margin nationally in any case. The reason I am coming forward with my story is that I believe in democracy. I believe that every vote should count. I believe that it is unacceptable for me to accept the wages for my 20-hour workday and not speak up. All 60 voters at my polling station have the right to have their vote count. As I told the listeners of Galei Yisrael, I won’t tolerate any corruption.
Did PMO Cook the Books in Yesha Vote?
Did the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) "cook the books" in the latest vote that placed many communities in Judea and Samaria out of the national "preferred status" zones, which confer housing benefits on residents? Numerous ministers think it did.
The PMO initially published a statement that said a telephone straw poll had been carried out among all the government's ministers and that 15 had voted in favor of the decision, 10 against and the rest abstained.
However, Arutz Sheva also conducted a telephone poll among the ministers and it discovered a different picture. Arutz Sheva has learned that several ministers were not even asked for their vote.
Other ministers demanded that the vote be held again, this time publicly. The PMO listed them as abstaining.
Several ministers said that they were asked – "are you in favor of the proposal [to take Judea and Samaria communities out of the 'national preference zones']?" They replied "no," yet were listed as abstaining.
The PMO responded to these accusations by saying that the ministers' complaints had not reached the Government Secretariat and that once they did, they would be handled appropriately.
The Secretariat explained that according to the government's rules for telephone polls of ministers, "once there is a majority one way or another there is no need to keep on calling ministers." In other words, once 15 ministers out of 29 said they supported the decision, there was no need to call any more ministers. That is why four ministers were not consulted.
Judea and Samaria residents protested Sunday morning outside the Prime Minister's Office against the decision. Minister Yuli Edelstein visited the protesters and said that he had voted against the decision but was mistakenly counted as abstaining. The PMO said it was looking into the complaint.
“I will ask the Prime Minister to hold a proper discussion of the matter,” Edelstein said. “In all my years in government I cannot remember when such a sensitive topic was dealt with by a telephone vote. I am sure that if the vote had been in person, with everyone able to see how the others voted, we would have seen different results.”
Some 70 towns in Judea and Samaria had been included in the list of communities entitled for housing benefits, but following the telephone poll of ministers, this list was amended. These communities will now only be able to get the benefits if “political officials” sign off on the requests – probably meaning Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who is not a fan of Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria.
- Here is Moshe Feiglin speaking after the fact about the election: quite inspiring:
And finally, just as a reminder, I am also including what the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe of Bnei Brak had to say on Succoth about what is happening in Israel these days; what can I say, he is right.
Shavuah Tov and a happy Tu Bishvat.