A Nice Profile Piece on Danny Danon – and Another Reason to Vote Likud

There is a nice profile piece on Danny Danon (not to be confused with Danny Dayan) in the Times of Israel website. Danon is a secular right wing candidate on the Likud Beitenu list. For those of you who are hesitant about whether to vote for Likud Beitenu or Bayit Yehudi, this article is worth a look. Danon is typical of the character of the Likud list.

The Likud has an excellent list of right wing candidates this time around, and it would be a real shame not to vote for them because of the desire to support a sectoral party. All of the members in the first twenty spots on the Likud slate, except for Moshe Feiglin, have been Knesset Members before. They have experience and know how to pass legislation.

The Bayit Yehudi list does not come close. The head, Naftali Bennet, is a newcomer to the Knesset, as is the rest of his list except for three members (Uri Ariel, Nissim Smoliansky and Uri Orbach). This means that if Bayit Yehudi gets 14 seats, 11 of them will be filled with complete newcomers. I don’t doubt their sincerity, but I do doubt their political savvy and their ability to get things done.



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mamashtaka
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 20:34:48

    I would perhaps think about voting for Likud, if Bibi ever agrees to a spine transplant. It seems he’s been missing one for some time now.

  2. Rak halikud Yachol
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 22:24:11

    Yeah, you’re right.
    Come and vote for a party which surrendered Hebron. Twice at least.
    Because only the Likud can; freeze the construction.
    Only the Likud MKs can refuse to pass a legislation to protect Givat Haulpena and Migron and then justify bibi’s decision.
    Only a strong leader like Netanyahu can say everywhere “silence will be answered by silence” and “we will stop only when the hamas is down” and then try to get a 3 months truce (just so the elections won’t get shade), and finally agree to a truce as rocket are falling all over the country.
    Only he can support and works all around the word for the destruction of the Gush Katif, and vote for almost every time, and then tell he was one of the first and foremost opponent.
    Likud Chazak, Rosh Memshalat Chazak.
    Just not against the Hamas, only against the mitnachalim.
    And chazak enough to put Ehud Barak as Defense Minister.

  3. westbankmama
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 08:53:31

    And the small parties that you perhaps support – they did what exactly?
    During the fight against the disengagement plan in the Knesset the real fight was waged by the right wing Likud members – who forced Arik Sharon to leave the Likud and found another party – Kadima.
    I support the Likud because of the whole list, not just because of Bibi. No matter who makes up the coalition in the next government – the Likud members will be there, and be in positions of power. There is no guarantee that any other small party will be there.

  4. guest
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:17:51

    Sorry, but calling Bayit Yehudi a sectoral party is a real joke.
    It’s no more sectorial than Likud is.
    On average, Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Bayit Yehudi are all getting the same number of seats, 14-16 each.

  5. guest
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:20:11

    If Bibi makes a Coalition with Labor, and Yesh Atid, and Hatunua, the Right wing Likud members like Danon will NOT have any power. They will be 10 out of 60 votes. They will either tow Bibi’s line, or split from the party.

  6. westbankmama
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:44:56

    Guest one: Bayit Yehudi is a new name for the National Religious Party – how can you think it is not a sectoral party?
    In addition, Likud is polling around 35 – which means that at least 20 seats are for Likud (the list is divided up so that there are two Likud members and then one Beitenu).

  7. westbankmama
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:49:08

    Guest two: Bibi will not need to make a coalition with three left/center parties. He will go for the one who is the “cheapest” and demands the least, so that he won’t be threatened by each sectoral party. It is hard to run a government when you are constantly afraid that a party in your coalition will bring it down. Bibi will be free to pick and choose from all of the other parties, but the Likud members will always be in the government with him.

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