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Rivals blast Likud as misogynist ‘Bibistan’ after primary rewards male loyalists

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Political rivals accused the Likud party of being in the cult-like thrall of faction leader Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, charging that politicians who performed well in the Likud primary would attempt to destroy the rule of law and Israel’s courts at the former prime minister’s behest.

The allegations came as Likud announced the results of its primary held a day earlier, which saw Netanyahu loyalists pushed to the top of the party slate, while those who challenged the opposition leader were kicked shoved toward the bottom of the roster. The criticism also focused on the male-heavy makeup of the party slate, which includes only a single woman among the top 10 slots.

“The extreme and abrasive Likud list makes clear exactly what the coming government will look like if Netanyahu gets [a coalition of] 61 seats — destruction of the court system… and destroying the rule of law,” read a missive from the Blue and White and New Hope parties, which are running together in the upcoming election.

“There’s no place in the ‘Bibistan’ party for believers in the legacy of [Ze’ev] Jabotinsky and [Menachem] Begin,” the statement added, referring to the revisionist Zionist lionized by the party and its first prime minister.

Critics, including New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar, have accused Netanyahu of hijacking the party and pushing out those who support the party’s ideological vision but not him or his alleged attempts to make his legal troubles disappear.

Sa’ar, formerly a lifelong Likud member, left to form his own party after losing to Netanyahu in a contest for party leadership, and has brought in other anti-Netanyahu discontents fleeing the party.

Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman also attacked the Netanyahu cult of personality, jokingly tying it........

© The Times of Israel

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