Likud Convention Opens With Five Motions by Jewish Leadership Including Resolution on Jonathan Pollard
Arutz7 News - October 23, 2002
The Likud Party convention will open in Jerusalem tonight with a newly
reconstituted Central Committee. Over half of the some 2,600 delegates
were recently elected for the first time - including 125 delegates from the
Jewish Leadership movement headed by Moshe Feiglin. Feiglin was asked by
Arutz-7 today whether it's Sharon or Netanyahu who has the majority in the
new Committee. "It's hard to speak of a balance of power in the Central
Committee," he answered, "because the elections were really on a
geographical basis. But the general feeling is that the Committee tends to
Feiglin is proud of his movement's strong showing in the recent
elections: "We have 125 delegates who are united and who work together,
and this is considered an important asset - we received many compliments
for this achievement. Many of the other groups are not unified, or don't
always show up, etc." Feiglin, who plans to run for party leader against
Sharon and Netanyahu, said, "One of the sides conducted a poll and, though
I did not learn the exact numbers, I was told that it showed very
impressive support for me. The survey conductor was quite impressed that
my showing was not just individual percentage points."
The Jewish Leadership group will not field a candidate for the position of
party chairman. Instead, the race will be between MK Yisrael Katz (a
Netanyahu supporter) and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert (Sharon). "We have
made it clear," Feiglin said, "that we will support whichever candidate
supports certain revolutionary motions that we wish to raise - motions that
deal with Israel's Jewish identity, with Jonathan Pollard, with solving
issues of economy and security, and with restoring national honor."
The five motions that the Jewish Leadership movement plans to submit at the
convention include the following:
- The Likud charter currently calls for "persistence in settling and
developing all parts of the Land of Israel, and annexing them." The motion
calls to add these words: "actualization of our sovereignty on the Temple
Mount and speeding up settlement efforts in Yesha."
- The Oslo War must be won in the shortest possible time, and we call upon
the Prime Minister to:
- annex all of Yesha;
- nullify the Oslo Accords and kill the murderers and those who send them,
- implement wartime practices with the Palestinian enemy, including
preventing all trade, aid, and supplies to the enemy until they give up all
their weapons, turn over all the terrorists among them, and accept Israel's
sovereignty on its homeland;
- legislate into law an "Autonomy Law" regulating the status of locations
in Israel populated by non-citizens;
- provide aid to Arabs of Yesha who wish to escape the tragedy brought upon
them by their terrorist leadership and begin new lives somewhere else.
- We call upon the Prime Minister and his government to legislate laws
stipulating that the appointment of judges and officials of the law
enforcement, public service, and other agencies in which public policy is
set, be carried out democratically and openly before the public, and
require the approval of the Knesset.
- We call for drastic cuts in public spending, a gradual end to American
financial aid, an end to foreign labor, a 50% cut in Knesset and government
salaries, and other economic measures.
- We wish to "strengthen the hands" of Jonathan Pollard, and call upon the
government to act firmly to bring about his release and take all measures -
including military - to bring about the release of IDF prisoners, and call
to ban all Likud MKs except for the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
from setting foot on American soil until Pollard is freed.