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In with the in crowd

Were I Israeli, I would vote for Likud, and pre-Likud I would have voted for Herut, through all those years when Begin was - to all intents and purposes - crying in the wilderness.

However, I cannot say that I am enormously impressed with Netanyahu's decision to make positioning on the Likud Knesset party list heavily dependent on celebrity or family background.

Brief details from the Jerusalem Post:

"Netanyahu is interested in reserving slots for former generals Moshe Ya'alon, Uzi Dayan and Yossi Peled, former police superintendent Assaf Hefetz, his former bureau chief Yehiel Leiter, the grandson and namesake of revisionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, former basketball star Tal Brody and hi-tech executive Yair Shamir, the son of former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir".

Uzi Dayan is not, as far as I can see, related to /that/ Dayan. Ze'ev Jabotinsky the Elder founded Revisionist Zionism, a rather more muscular take on the idea than that propounded by Weizmann, Ben-Gurion etc and can be considered as the founding father of Herut and thus Likud. Even so....

Given that the Likud holds 12 out of 120 seats in the current Knesset and peaked at 48 in 1981, putting eight new individuals high up on the list is not a small thing for the party to do, and for all that it might energise the base, is unlikely to please sitting MKs or non-celebrity members with political ambitions.

Couldn't happen here could it? Cough, Tamsin Dunwoody, cough, the son of Mohammed Sarwar, cough, Llin Golding, cough cough splutter.

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