Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MK Danon: Netanyahu Lulling Likud to Sleep

Gil Ronen
A7 News

“Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu wants to lull the Likud movement to sleep,” MK Danny Danon (Likud) warned Tuesday. The first-term parlimentarian and former World Likud head, who is one of the more prominently nationalistic Knesset members in the ruling party, said that Netanyahu wants to prevent the upcoming elections to the Likud's internal institutions so that he can “enjoy quiet on the internal front in the next two years.” "Our interest is the opposite of that.” he explained. “We must strengthen the Prime Minister by having the Likud and its institutions act in the face of the pressure by the US and [President Barack] Obama. The Likud movement will stand up and tell them – we will not renew the freeze in Judea and Samaria and we will not freeze Jerusalem.”

Danon called on Likud Central Committee members to participate in a vote Thursday on Netanyahu's proposal to change the party's constitution in a way that would put off internal elections. “One does not just change the constitution on whim,” he said. “The convention needs to take place at its scheduled date. Whoever cares about the Land of Israel and wants the Likud to stay faithful to ideology must come and vote 'no.'”

Asked why he thought Defense Minister Ehud Barak had outposts at Ramat Migron and Maoz Esther razed Tuesday morning, Danon said that the timing had to do with the fact that Barak is currently abroad.

“Barak is doing this now because he is not here,” he explained. “Why doesn't he destroy the homes of Arab lawbreakers? The Prime Minister needs to understand that the Defense Minister is sabotaging the coalition; Barak is trying to put the Prime Minister to the test and to see where his loyalty lies – with the Labor party or with the real voters in the Likud.”