Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Likud Primaries: How to Vote?

Likud Primaries are coming soon, and it's time to think about who should be on the Likud's MK list for the upcoming national elections.

Last night I reviewed the list of candidates and started making notes to myself of potential people to get my vote. The process works as follows: You must vote for 12 candidates on the list as your primary candidates, and then 1 additional person as your regional candidate.

So far, the only candidates that I am 100% certain about are from the list from Mattot Arim. Their current update is as follows (I am providing only the Likud-related section of the report. You can read their full report here on their website (look for the English posts on the right hand side): 
Accountability 4: Vote for Those who Get Things Done - Mattot Arim's Parliamentary Report 4 
We invite you to vote for the high-scorers, so that this time, YOUR Knesset and YOUR Government, will get DONE what YOU want!  Here is Parliamentary Report 4 by Mattot Arim:  It discloses what the MKs and ministers got done in the first half of year 2011.
High scoring MKs and ministers, in the attached report, are those who have been standing strong against Oslo, Disengagement, Palestinian State  and other pro-Arab anti-Israel paradigms.

There are 4 MKs and one minister which consistently do well in all reports - Danny Danon, Zev Elkin, Zipi Hotovely and Yariv Levin. Top-ranking minister: Yuli Edelstein. Make sure these 5 are on your list!! A new but particularly strong candidate is Moshe Feiglin
Residents of the Ashdod-Rehovot area (shfela area)  -- please take note!! It is important for you to vote for Meir Malka. He is running against a very powerful proponent of disengagement. If you vote for Meir Malka who has the same kind of national viewpoint as you do, you are sparing the Knesset his rival who could be very dangerous.  Please forward this paragraph about the important candidacy of Shfela representative Meir Malka, to EVERYONE you know in the following cities: Ashdod, Rishon leZion, Rehovot, Modiin, Lod, Gedera, Yavneh, Nes Ziona, Ramleh, Kiryat Ekron, Beer Yakov, Bet Dagan, Bnei Ayish, Gan Yavne, Mazkeret Batya, Macabim-Reut. Only residents of those cities are eligible to vote for Meir Malka. 
Reminder: if you want to help with Mattot Arim's important national accountability project, learn more: . And feel free to contact us at
 More updates to come...

PS: Just make sure NOT to vote for Zachi HaNegbi!

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Ben Waxman said...

is there anything to take into consideration apart from yehuda v'shomron? like how they voted on issues like education, health, economics, aliyah, environment, religion and state? stuff like that?

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on all points. I'm also voting for Boogy Yahalon, Keti Shitrit (155 she's new but very pro-Israel), Tzion Finyan (he is high on the report list).

Baruch Alster said...

Thanks for the post - I'm actually having a hard time deciding whom I want to vote for.
I have 6 definites: Saar, Erdan, Yaalon, Edelstein, Hotovely, and Levine.
For the others I have a few options:
1. Vote for those with a good chance of getting top spots to keep the real left-wingers out, even though I have my reservations about them (Elkin, Katz, etc., maybe even Shalom).
2. Vote for those going for "meshuryan" spots - another incumbent woman, a new woman, Ayoub Kara - all going for realistic spots on the list (20, 24, 25, respectively).
3. Vote for those I like who do not have a realistic chance to make it, but voting for them would be making a statement (Yaakov Wieder as haredi, Avraham Nagosa as my preferred Ethiopian oleh).
To be continued...

Baruch Alster said...


Two more issues:
First, how do I know which current MKs are being supported by which groups? That may swing my vote on certain candidates (such as Finian, who I may not vote for if he has no chance).
Second, do you know anything about the Yesha candidates? Yehuda Glick is pretty well known, but who's the other guy, Tzuriel Tzuf? Do you know if anyone else is running here?

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