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Hotovely: The New Young Face of the Likud

Mazal Mualem interviews Tzipi Hotovely, who represents the new wave of religious right Likud members who believe strongly in Greater Israel.
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The eve of Nov. 26, about a month and a half ago, was very special for MK Tzipi Hotovely. It was on that date, close to midnight, that the results of the Likud primaries were publicized, and she became the party’s First Lady. The young MK from the Likud (34 years old) had another reason to feel good about herself: she did this without the help of party leader Benjamin Netanyahu — and to be more precise, she did it despite his opposition.

Over the last four years, Hotovely succeeded in angering the prime minister more than once — probably causing him to regret helping her get elected to the outgoing Knesset. In the 2009 elections, it was Netanyahu who helped blaze the trail for the young, 30-year-old television woman toward a realistic place on the Likud’s Knesset list.

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