Finally! The Likud is beginning to return to its roots!
Olmert said, "The Likud, which was once a party of peace, has turned into an extreme rightist party." What a fool Olmert is! He has never learned his history, it seems.
Likud was the party of the people; the party of Zionism; the party for a STRONG Israel. The leftists took it over and tried to make it a centrist, soulless, gutless, weak excuse for a party.
Likud's charter is clear on the right of settlement in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza and the assertion that Jerusalem is ""the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel."
The 'Peace & Security' chapter of the Likud Party platform “flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river,” and states “The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state.”
The reason Sharon created the Kadima Party was because he couldn't destroy Gaza and try to eliminate the rest of Yesha under the Likud charter.
I am so pleased that Likud has it's BZ back. Now, let's get everyone to the polls and win the general election in a landslide! We must eject the corpulent, corrupt, and traitorous government of Olmert/Livni/Abbas immediately.
With the right wing members as Likud MKs, perhaps they will keep Netanyahu from giving away the country to our murderous enemies. Let's just hope that Olmert hasn't already done that in secret.
Last update - 14:38 09/12/2008 Livni: The Likud list is Netanyahu's problem
By Haaretz Service
Kadima chair Tzipi Livni, who will face Benjamin Netanyahu in the race for the prime ministership in February, responded Tuesday to the results of the primary in Netanyahu's Likud, using the opposition leader's nickname in calling the Likud election lineup "Bibi's problem."
Netanyahu had hoped that a number of moderates he brought into the party would grant the party a centrist image. But in the Monday primary, hardliners captured most of the first 10 spots on the Likud list, and dominated the next 10 as well.
Livni, a former Likud cabinet minister, said of the candidacy roster "The list is not my problem, it's Bibi's problem. It's a weight around his legs, not mine."
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that in electing hardliners to the top spots on the Likud Knesset list for upcoming elections, the Likud had turned from a party of peace to an extreme right faction.
"The Likud, which was once a party of peace, has turned into an extreme rightist party, which will lead the state of Israel into a corner of isolation and which will bring us back to grave times," Olmert said.
Tzahi Hanegbi, a senior legislator and campaign strategist for Olmert's Kadima, said Tuesday that the Likud had elected an "extreme rightist" list of Knesset candidates, in which Likud rebels - who had fought then-Likud leader Ariel Sharon over the 2005 disengagement from Gaza - had become the party's rulers.
Hanegbi, himself a former senior Likud lawmaker who accompanied then-party leader Ariel Sharon in a party split following the 2005 disengagement from Gaza, said the "real Likud" had emerged from the primary.
"Netanyahu's dream team became his nightmare. The stars are
out and the rebels are in," Hanegbi said, referring to former Likud MK Moshe Kachlon and others who fought against Sharon over the disengagement, and who scored places at the top of the list ahead of February 10 general elections.
Hanegbi's mother, Geula Cohen, was one of the founding lawmakers of the Likud. Hanegbi was long seen as a hardliner, having physically resisted the IDF evacuation of Sinai settlements in 1982.
Sharon founded Kadima after the split, bringing in Hanegbi, Olmert, Livni, Shaul Mofaz, and others from the Likud, as well as Shimon Peres, Haim Ramon, and others from Labor.
"Netanyahu has presented an extreme rightist list," Hanegbi said. "The Likud rebels are rebels no longer, they are the rulers."
According to Ramon, "the illusion of a center-right party was shattered this morning. It is clear that this is the most extreme right-wing list the Likud has fielded since its founding."
"From the 20th place on up, you can find people on the very edge of the rightist edge," Ramon added. "All of the Likud's attempts to disguise itself have failed."
MK Ze'ev Boim, another Kadima MK who began his career in the Likud, said the Likud had revealed its true face.
"Just as Ariel Sharon understood that the Likud has no future, in the end, Bibi [Netanyahu] will reach the same conclusion, and be forced to establish a new party."
MK Zehava Gal-On of the leftist Meretz said the Likud list would torpedo.
Feiglin: 'The Likud is back to what it once was'
Moshe Feiglin, the leader of the far-right Jewish Leadership camp within the Likud, voiced satisfaction with the primary results. Feiglin came in 20th, and is seen as all but guaranteed a seat in the next Knesset.
"The Likud has set a list which is faithful to its values. I am happy for the Likud. I am happy for the country. This is the true Likud. The Likud is back to what it once was."
Uzi Dayan, a former general widely viewed as a moderate, finished a distant 42nd in the voting. Netanyahu had hoped that Dayan would help boost the image of a centrist-oriented party.
"Yesterday the Likud chose a good line-up, which will rule Israel, and I congratulate it. I'm not a conditional Israeli, and not a conditional Likudnik, and I will continue to contribute to the state of Israel and to Israeli society to the best of my ability." "