Well, I have to say that I am happy to see Feiglin showing a little mettle in this campaign. He hasn’t let BiBi rest, and this is good.
One could call it “playing dirty,” -- but I have to say that anyone who gets too near BiBi, Barak, Peres, and Olmert can’t help but get dirty — even if they are trying to show how much they are unlike those career capitulators.
Aug. 13, 2007 19:19 | Updated Aug. 13, 2007 19:20
By GIL HOFFMAN
Likud leadership candidate Moshe Feiglin blasted incumbent party chairman Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday for housing his Tel Aviv campaign headquarters in a building that has a Jews for Jesus center in its lobby.
Reporters who attended a photo-op that Netanyahu held at his second-floor headquarters ahead of Tuesday's Likud primary were surprised to see the Dugit Messianic Information Center in the lobby of the building near Tel Aviv's trendy Sheinkin street.
The workers at the center said Netanyahu had popped his head into the center once and asked what it was and when they told him, he said "good," but he did not accept their invitation to come in for coffee.
Feiglin said Netanyahu's sharing a building with Jews for Jesus was symbolic of how
disconnected he was from Judaism. He said that he had turned down a blank check from Jews for Jesus and he accused Netanyahu of accepting the campaign office rent free.
"They offered me all the money I want, even $50 million," Feiglin said. "Netanyahu never proved in his personal life that he has any connection to the holiness of Judaism. I know of a lot of things that he has done, beyond cheating on his wife. He is completely disconnected from everything Jewish. Because of this, he belongs in Meretz and not in the Likud."
The Dugit employees said it was not a missionary organization. But their web site
describes their efforts to get as many people as possible in Tel Aviv to declare Jesus as the Lord. A spokesman for the Yad L'Achim anti-missionary organization said Dugit tries to convert Jews to Christianity. He said Netanyahu had torpedoed anti-missionary legislation in the past because of his ties to Evangelical Christian leaders.
Netanyahu's office responded that they rented the office from a Jewish businessman with no ties to Jews for Jesus.
At the headquarters, Netanyahu met with his campaign team and urged them to do everything possible to get out the vote to drown out the high voter turnout expected among Feiglin supporters. He even manned the phones for a few minutes, calling undecided activists in front of the cameras.
"There is always the danger of complacency," Netanyahu said. "Most of the Likud members support me, but if they stay home, they will allow our opponents to denounce the Likud as a party on the fringes."
In order to maximize voter turnout, the Likud's central elections committee decided at
Netanyahu's request to keep polls open from 10am to 11pm. Feiglin called the extended hours a waste of money for the party. Results are expected one hour after the polls close.
All three candidates will spend election day campaigning at polling stations. Netanyahu will vote at the Jerusalem International Convention Center and visit polling station in Ma'aleh Adumim, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod, Bat Yam, Netanya and Tel Aviv.
Feiglin will start his day by attempting to pray on the Temple Mount and will visit
polling stations in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. The third candidate in the race, World Likud chairman Danny Danon, will vote at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds and will visit polling station in Herzliya, Ramat Hasharon, Petah Tikva, Lod and Jerusalem.
Some 96,000 Likud members are eligible to vote in more than 100 polling stations across the country, including at vacation sites in Eilat.