The polls were opened on Thursday for a Likud party vote. Party leader, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants to change the Likud constitution so that internal party elections might be delayed up to the three years following general elections.
â€œWe are a national movement started by Menachem Begin; we are for the state and for the IDF and for true peace, and that is what we have to focus onâ€¦If the vote does not go as I want it to, we will have to dedicate months to an internal process in the Likud, and now is not the time to do thatâ€¦I think most Likud members know that this isn’t the time.â€
Isn’t it undemocratic, though, to change a party’s constitution in the middle of a term and in the midst of controversial issues crucial to the future of the state â€“ giving up east Jerusalem?
Netanyahu said in his defense:
â€œIn a democracy, there are legal and agreed-upon ways to make changes. We are one of the most organized and unified movements in the country; our way to do it is with a majority of two-thirds. Believe me â€“ it is very, very difficult.â€
Moshe Feiglin, the leader of Manhigut Yudit, a religious political faction accused Bibi during a radio interview of planning to sell-out Jerusalem:
â€œIt seems that Netanyahu thinks that a true Likudnik would split up Jerusalemâ€¦This vote is about Jerusalem; not Feiglin, not Netanyahuâ€¦If, G-d forbid, his proposal will passâ€¦there is nothing to stop Netanyahu from doing what Sharon did, only not in Gush Katif, but in Jerusalem.â€
In addition Feiglin accused Bibi of cheating during the general elections:
â€œhave you ever heard of elections without observers? With traveling voting booths?â€