Nobody Owns the Likud, the Likud must Stay True to its Principles

Nobody owns the Likud party, Likud Anglos Director Daniel Tauber told Gil Hoffman, Senior Political Correspondent of the Jerusalem Post, on “Inside Israel Today,” a program on Voice of Israel.

"Many people in the Likud think “that they are the Likud, that they own the Likud, that it belongs to them, but that’s not the way it works, there are a lot of different people in the Likud,” Tauber said.

Tauber’s comments were in response to outgoing a statement by Likud Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat, who recently resigned from politics, according to which the Likud was becoming too extreme. 

Tauber acknowledged that when some Likud members see “people who live in settlements joining the Likud, they think that the Likud is being taken away from them, but the Likud doesn’t belong to them more than it does to others.”

“Certainly people who are pulling it to be more committed or strong on the…homeland… and not withdrawing from territory, that certainly doesn’t go against the Likud’s principles because that’s one of the central principles of the party is to safeguard the integrity of the homeland, and to extend national sovereignty to all of the homeland, that’s in the party constitution.”

Instead of trying to avoid those principles, Tauber said that party chairman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “should hew to the Likud’s principles in order to make people want to vote for the Likud instead of the Bayit HaYehudi.”

Tauber denied that this could cost the Likud seats, and instead insisted that it would help the party gain seats.

“If you look at the way the last elections turned out, if you look at how the Likud lost vote and where those votes went- the joint Likud-Yisrael Beitenu ticket lost… eleven mandates from its joint strength going into the elections. About four of those seats went to the left and seven went to the right.”

Tauber also responded to claims that Jabotinsky or Begin, were they alive today, would find the party too right-wing, saying such claims were “completely and utterly false.”

“Jabotinsky and Begin were very right-wing when it came to discussions of land and defense,” Tauber said. “Having a Jewish state, saying the Jewish state goes from the Mediterranean to the Jordan and for Jabotinsky even farther east, these are things that they would never compromise on.”

The program, which also featured president of the Likud's internal court and former MK Michael Kleiner is available online: http://www.voiceofisrael.com/israels-ruling-likud-party-headed. 

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