Netanyahu's Far-right Rival Mulls Leaving Likud

Feiglin says Likud has turned into a non-democratic party, a 'dead man walking'.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political rival Moshe Feiglin said Sunday that the Likud has turned into a non-democratic party.

Likud's Moshe Feiglin.
Alex Libak

Feiglin, who vyed against the prime minister in the last elections, referred to Likud under Netyanyahu's leadership as "Biberman" -  a cross between Netanyahu's nickname (Bibi) and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

"Netanyahu has transformed the Likud into a copy of Lieberman," Feiglin told Israel Radio, adding: "There is no democracy in the Likud. There is no democratic process."

Fieglin was interviewed regarding rumors that he intended to resign following his defeat in the Likud party last week, in a vote which approved Netanyahu's request to delay the party's internal elections by a year and a half.

"It's definitely up in the air," Feiglin said about the possibility of resigning form the Likud. "Its not because of success or defeat, but rather because of the place to which Netanyahu us leading the Likud which was seen in the vote that occurred on Thursday.'

"You can't join the party today and know for sure that democratic procedure will take place," Feiglin added.

The Likud is a "dead man walking," Feiglin said, adding that whether or not he would remain in the party depended upon the party's rehabilitation. "The Likud is a meaningless institution," he said but added that he currently did not intend to resign.

"If I do eventually make the decision to leave the party, there are many options open. One thing is for certain, I will not give up.'