Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon has taken his first step toward political independence by forming a nongovernmental organization to advance himself politically, The Jerusalem Post learned Monday.
Ya’alon quit the Knesset and blasted the Likud in May after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replaced Ya’alon with Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman as defense minister when Liberman’s party joined the coalition.
But Ya’alon remains a Likud member and may still run for the premiership within the party. Nevertheless, he is keeping all options open, and the new NGO can be used as a platform to form a new party in the future or to cooperate with existing parties.
The nonprofit is called “The NGO for Different Leadership.” It will be used as a platform for Ya’alon’s work all over the country. He intends to meet with different sectors of the population under that banner.
But before he does that, Ya’alon intends to visit Australia and the United States. As the Post reported exclusively, in September he will be a fellow in the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank in America’s capital.
Netanyahu will face a challenge from within the Likud Tuesday when the party’s governing secretariat will meet in Ramat Gan to consider proposals that could limit the power of the party leader.
Activists loyal to Netanyahu see the proposal as an attempt by the head of the secretariat, Transportation Minister Israel Katz, to oust the prime minister. Sources close to Katz declined to discuss the agenda of the meeting or to respond to the charges.