Likud party members elected their candidates for the General Elections– Sa'ar, Arden Rivlin and Begin in the front
December 17th, 2008
December 8th, 2008 approximately 50,000 Likud members chose their candidates for the Israeli parliamentary elections which are to be held in February 2009. The front seat of the Likud party showed that the incumbent Knesset members got a vote of confidence as Gideon Sa'ar, Gilad Erdan and Ruby Rivlin won the highest number of votes. Recent polls have showed that the Likud is projected to get as much as 35 seats in the new Knesset (the Likud has only 12 seats in the current house). Below is the Likud list of candidates and some information about them:
1. Benjamin Netanyahu – the Likud Chairman and candidate for the role of Prime Minister.
2. Gideon Sa'ar – age 42 – A Knesset member since 2003 has proven himself as a prominent legislature in Israel. He opposed Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan in 2005. Wiki link:
4. Ruby Rivlin – age 69 – a veteran politician, served as Knesset speaker from 2003-2007. In the past he was also minister of communications. He is known as one of most ideological Likud Member.Wiki link
5. Benjamin Begin –age 65 – also a veteran politician. Benjamin, who is commonly referred to as "Benny", served as Minister of science in the Netanyahu cabinet in late 1990s. Benny is the son of the late Menahem Begin, who was Prime Minister of Israel from 1977-1983 and founded the Likud party. Benny is known as a very ideological, modest and "clean" politician. Wiki link
6. Moshe Cachlon – age 48 – a Knesset member sine 2003, Moshe is not as known like the other candidates but he has demonstrated his abilities and loyalty to the Likud way. Wiki link
7. Silvan Shalom –age 50 – a veteran politician and prominent Likud figure. Silvan served in many cabinet posts and most recently as minister of Foreign Affairs. Wiki link:
8. Moshe Ya'alon –age 58 – a new addition to the Likud. General Ya'alon was the IDF's (Israeli Defense Forces) chief of staff from 2002-2005. He's term was shortened by Sharon for voicing internal disagreement with the Gaza disengagement plan. Wiki link website:
9. Yuval Steinitz –age 50 – a Doctor of Philosophy from the Haifa University. Was elected to the Knesset in 1999. He took great interest in Defense and Security issues and he was chairman of the Knesset committee for Defense and Foreign Affairs. He drew allot of criticism from Likud members for supporting the Gaza disengagement plan in 2005. Wiki link:
10. Lea Nes -age 47- a Doctor of Biochemistry, was voted to the Knesset for the first time in 2003. She opposed the disengagement plan and was chairman of the committee for Science and Technology.
11. Israel Katz –age 53 – a veteran politician. Most notably remembered for serving as Minister of Agriculture.
12. Yuli Edlstein –age 50- born in the Soviet Union, Yuli was denied the right to immigrate to Israel for many years and was also jailed several times by the Soviets for participating in Zionistic activities. He served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. Wiki link:
13. Limor Livnat – age 58- a prominent Likud figure for many years. She served as Education Minister under Sharon. She drew allot of criticism from Likud members for supporting the Gaza disengagement plan in 2005. Wiki link:
14. Haim Katz - was voted to Knesset in 2003. Katz is the leader of Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) labor union. He opposed the disengagement plan.
15. Yossi Peled – age 67- Peled was an Army General in the late 80s and served in most of the wars. He joined the Likud two years ago. Wiki link:
16. Michael Eitan – age 64- one of the most veteran Knesset members in the list. Michael or “Miki” as he is known in Israel has styled himself as a “parliamentarian” and rather than seeking cabinet jobs he focused mainly on the Knesset where he served as chairman of the legislation committee (he also served as a minister in the 1990s). He drew allot of criticism from Likud members for supporting the Gaza disengagement plan in 2005. Wiki link:
17. Dan Meridor – age 61- as a son of the “fighting family” he was born into the Likud. He served as Treasury Minster under Netanyahu but resigned due to differences. He later formed the Center party which later failed in the General Elections in 1999. Wiki link:
18. Tzipi Hotoboli – age 29- a religious woman, Tzipi was a panelist in a political TV show until recently. She was asked by Netanyahu to join the Likud and contend in the primaries where she outperformed many political observers when she finished in the 18th place in the Likud list.
19. Gila Gamliel – age 34- Gila was a student leader from the Beer Sheva University. She was elected to the Knesset in 2003 and also served briefly as Deputy Minister of Agriculture. Wiki link:
20. Ze’ev Elkin –age 37- did “aliya” in 1990. Elkin was elected to the Knesset in 2006 for the Kadima party which he felt was too far left. He later left Kadima and joined the Likud.
The rest of the list.
21. Yariv Levine
22. Zion Fanian
23. Ayub Kara
24. Danny Danon
25. Carmel Shama
26. Ofir Akuins
27. Miri Regev
28. Alelei Adamaso
29. Isaac Danino
30. David Even Tzur
31. Kati Shitrit
32. Keren Barak
33. Sagiv Asulin
34. Boaz Haetzni
35. Guy Yifrach
36. Moshe Faiglin
37. Michi Ratzon
38. Ehud Yatom
39. Asaf Hefetz
40. Yehiel Lighter
There might be some changes to the list due to several pending legal maneuvers by some of the candidates.
A few words about Israeli elections:
In Israel every citizen can vote for only one party and not for individuals as it is in the U.S. Each party elects (or selects) a list of candidates for the Knesset who get their seats in the order they are on the list. For instance if the Likud were to get 5 seats then Netanyahu would be the first to enter and then Sa'ar, Arden, Rivlin and Begin and all the rest of the list would not be Parliament members. There are 120 seats in the Israeli Parliament and the Government must maintain the Knesset’s confidence in order to maintain its power. A single party has never received majority in the Knesset, as a result the leader of (usually) the biggest party must create a coalition government with other parties. Also it is worth noting that Israel has a single house parliament and that there are no regions or provinces delegates meaning that all of the citizens vote for the entire parliament. More information can be found in the Knesset website: http://www.knesset.gov.il