Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jabotinsky's grandson to join Likud

Netanyahu's 'shopping spree' continues; grandson of famed Zionist leader to vie for place on Likud list
Attila Somfalvi

Bibi's 'shopping spree' continues: Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the grandson of famed Zionist and Revisionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, will run in the upcoming Likud primaries, in an attempt to win a spot on the party list ahead of the upcoming general elections. Jabotinsky announced his intentions to Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu. Bibi is expected to officially present Jabotinsky during a press conference at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu has been engaging in talks with Jabotinsky for a while now, and Ynet has learned that the two figures recently agreed on the latest move. The Likud leader is apparently interested in maintaining the positive momentum created in the past two weeks, after other "stars" joined the party.

The figures who joined Likud recently include former Knesset Member Benny Begin, former Minister Dan Meridor, former Police Commissioner Asaf Hefetz, IDF Major General (Res.) Uzi Dayan, and former Chief of Staff Moshe (Bogi) Yaalon.

The latest polls show the Likud gaining strength, with Netanyahu's latest additions apparently helping him open up a wider lead vis-à-vis his main rival, Kadima's Tzipi Livni.

According to a Yedioth Ahronoth poll published Friday, Likud would win the elections with 32 Knesset seats compared to Kadima's 26. According to the survey, Shas would win 11 seats, while Labor would only secure eight seats.

Amnon Meranda contributed to the story

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