The Campaign Begins!

January 5, 2015, Tel Aviv - The Likud kicked off the new year and its campaign at Ganei HaTa'aruchah, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that if reelected to lead the country, he would propose a plan for electoral reform. Netanyahu's proposal would increase government stability by allowing the party with a plurality of Knesset seats to form the government.

Only a week earlier, the Likud's membership ended the year 2014 by choosing the party's list of candidates for the Knesset, in what would be the largest primaries held in Israel for the election season.

The Prime Minister, who was also reelected as Likud Chairman, hailed the primaries and the Likud's list calling it excellent. He added that democracy always wins out over dictatorship and said the Likud's democracy would beat out the internal dictatorships of the "air" or fly-by night parties.

Surprises in the primary elections included former Kadima MK Avi Dichter winning the 20th spot on the list, beating out current MK Tzipi Hotovely by 55 votes. Hotovely currently occupies the 26th spot on the list after spots reserved for district candidates and secretarial representatives. Hotovely, however, has appealed the results and has demanded a recount - a decision on that is still pending.

The Likud's top candidates are as follows:

1- Benjamin Netanyahu
2- Gilad Erdan
3- Yuli Edelstein
4- Yisrael Katz
5- Miri Regev
6- Silvan Shalom
7- Moshe Ya'alon
8- Ze'ev Elkin
9- Danny Danon
10- Yariv Levin
11- TBD (Chairman's appointment)
12- Tzachi HaNegbi
13- Yuval Steinitz
14- Gila Gamliel
15- Ofir Akunis
16- David Biton
17- Haim Katz
18- Jack Levi
19- Yoav Kisch
20- Avi Dichter
21- David Amsalem
22- Michael Zohar
23- TBD (Chairman's appointment)
24- Ayoub Kara
25- Naava Boker
26- Tzipi Hotovely

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