Moshe Feiglin on Kan Moreshet Radio: New Possibility of Early Elections and Why Zehut will not Run w
As time goes on, it is becoming clear that the factor that will determine if Israel will go to early elections or not, is if the Sa’ar Bill will be passed or not. The proposed bill says that after elections, the president will automatically appoint the person whose party won the most votes to form the government coalition. For Netanyahu, this is a matter of political survival.
Netanyahu believes that he will be re-elected. This time, however, it will be under the shadow of an indictment. He fears that the president will take advantage of the delicate situation and will appoint a different MK of the winning party (Likud) - in this case, Gideon Sa’ar, to form the coalition and then become prime minister. The current law allows the president to do so. If the Sa’ar Bill is passed, the President will be required to appoint the party chairman, in this case, Netanyahu.
On the day that the Sa’ar Bill is passed, get ready for early elections. Moshe Feiglin discussed this and why Zehut will not be merging with the Otzma Yehudit party on Kan Moreshet Radio.
Do you think that the PM is paranoid? Or that Gideon Sa’ar really is planning with President Rivlin to usurp his place in forming the next coalition?
I think the PM is correct. I know all the people involved here: The Prime Minister, President Rivlin and Gideon Sa’ar. You will see that this scenario is true. It is very possible that this is why Netanyahu did not want the government to fall two weeks ago.
If the Likud will unfortunately win the elections again, I believe that President Rivlin will say that he believes in democracy, but he cannot appoint a person who has been indicted to form the coalition. As a result, he will say, “I have turned to the other parties and asked them who they would recommend from the Likud to form the coalition. The other parties will recommend Gideon Sa’ar, who has always been sure to cultivate ties with Israel’s Left over the years.
Why don’t you join with Otzma Yehudit as a technical bloc in order for both parties to enter the Knesset? After the elections, you can separate.
The marijuana party also want to create a technical bloc with Zehut in order to get past the voting threshold and into the Knesset. But we will not join with Otzma Yehudit or the marijuana party or even the Jewish Home party. Zehut is not a sectoral party. We turn to the entire Israeli population with a very broad, coherent agenda.
Did you calculate how many votes you will lose as opposed to how many you would gain by running with Otzma Yehudit? Is this a political decision or a principled decision?
Both political and principled. I like the Otzma people very much. I agree with much of what they do and their ideology. But we must understand that their real merger should be with the National Union party. Both of their platforms are more religiously-based and in favor of a more centralized economy. Parties have to know who their natural partners are. I hope that they will get together and we will all cooperate from within the Knesset.