Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Elkin Warns Right: Don't Take Netanyahu's Victory for Granted

If Likud supporters take Likud for granted and cast their votes elsewhere for sectoral parties, Israel’s settlements in Judea and Samaria will be at risk, Likud MK Zev Elkin warned Tuesday. 

“I fear that if the nationalist camp loses power we will have cause to cry for the next four years,” he said, according to excerpts released by Arutz 7. “There are a lot of powerful people in the country who are willing to do anything to make sure the nationalist camp doesn’t stay in power,” he added.

"There is a real chance Likud Beitenu will not be chosen to lead the next government," he warned. “If we don’t reach around 40 seats and there’s no big gap between us and the left, the President is likely to choose Yechimovich,” he said. “That’s exactly how Rabin came to power in 92." 

Elkin expressed doubt in the Haredi parties preferring a Likud Beitenu led government. “It’s no secret that what interests the haredi parties in these elections is exemption from IDF service… Every time I hear Aryeh Deri declaring in the media that he supports Netanyahu, I’m afraid he’s negotiating with Shelly Yechimovich,” he said. 

The question for religious-Zionist voters, he said, is “whether the revolution of a strong religious-Zionist camp in the Likud was a one-time event or whether it will continue.” “If the community doesn’t stand behind us this time, we will be limited, we won’t be able to say anymore that we represent a large community,” he argued.