Controversial JPost Columnist Caroline Glick Considered for Spot on Likud Slate

Glick has called for Israel's annexation of the West Bank, called Netanyahu 'immoral, irresponsible and stupid' in response to Gilad Shalit deal.

A senior Likud figure said Saturday night that the U.S.-born senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick, is being considered for a spot on the party’s election slate. The news came the day after a Likud tribunal ordered a recount of votes cast in the party primary earlier this month, in the wake of claims of irregularities in the vote tallies.

The controversial columnist, 46, was one of the most popular candidates recommended by respondents to Netanyahu's social media call for suggestions to fill two slots on Likud’s electoral slate reserved for candidates of the prime minister's choosing.

“We are considering several names, including Caroline Glick, in an effort to include attractive figures on the Likud slate,” said the Likud source, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

Also on Friday, journalist Erel Segal turned down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of the No. 11 slot on the ticket. Israel Channel 2 television news reported last night that Netanyahu had offered Glick the slot, which is high enough on the slate to nearly guarantee a Knesset seat to its holder. Segal was not the first prospective candidate to turn down the proffered slot: Negotiations with a number of high-profile figures, including Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg, over the spot, which is reserved for a person of Netanyahu’s choosing, have fallen through.

In ordering the recount, the tribune found for MK Avi Dichter, who is locked in a struggle with MK Tzipi Hotovely for the 20th position on the slate, which is high enough to be considered electable. Only the ballots cast for Dichter and Hotovely will be recounted.The source said that if Hotovely does not retain the 20th spot, Likud might have only two female MKs in the next Knesset.

Glick was an assistant foreign policy adviser to Netanyahu during his first term as prime minister, in the 1990s. She founded the right-wing satirical news website Latma in 2009 and is its chief editor.

"I have not been offered anything in a formal manner but I am flattered to hear I'm under serious consideration," The Jerusalemn Post cited her as saying on Saturday night.

A Chicago native and Columbia and Harvard University alumna, Glick immigrated to Israel in 1991. She is a syndicated columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy. She assisted one of Netanyahu's diplomatic advisers during his first prime ministerial term. During the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, she was an embedded journalist in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.

In 2011, she called Netanyahu "immoral, irresponsible, and stupid" in an article criticizing the Gilad Shalit deal, which saw about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners released in exchange for an Israeli soldier held hostage by Hamas.

In the column, entitled "A pact signed in Jewish blood," Glick wrote: "At best, Netanyahu comes out of this deal looking like a weak leader who is manipulated by and beholden to Israel’s radical, surrender-crazed media. To their eternal shame, the media have been waging a five-year campaign to force Israel’s leaders to capitulate to Hamas. At worst, this deal exposes Netanyahu as a morally challenged, strategically irresponsible and foolish, opportunistic politician."

Glick is known as an opponent of the two-state solution. Last year, she published a book entitled "The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East," in which she disputes Palestinian demographic statistics – saying the number of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are grossly exaggerated.

Glick responded to the reports, saying in a Facebook post that despite her criticism of Netanyahu over the Shalit deal, Netanyahu is "the right man to head our government and lead the nation in the coming years."