I am not a Likud member and I don’t want to interfere in their affairs. But primaries in the ruling party go far beyond the party’s internal affairs.
When I was a member of the movement, I often competed against Benjamin Netanyahu.
It was a matter of principle and I paid an expensive political price for it.
But if I were a Likud member today, I would refrain from running in those primaries.
Because regardless of the (sometimes harsh) criticism I have of the prime minister, those aren’t the subject of those elections this time.
The only issue of the Likud primaries this time is whether members of the ruling party will give their support to ousting the head of their movement by an oligarchy with their own national agenda, and placing a “rule of law” puppet at the head of their movement.
As a point of fact, the Likud primaries revolve around the question of whether a national camp can even exist in Israel.
Like we said, it’s not about Netanyahu or taking his side.
It’s about liberty.