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The Likud’s election committee worked out a compromise between Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and his party rivals on Wednesday regarding how to handle
elections for the leadership of the party’s institutions.
are seen as a key bellwether of how strong Netanyahu is in the party, and they
are expected to have a big impact on the Likud’s future. The prime minister has
been pushing off holding the elections for more than a year.
the Tel Aviv District Court ruled that the elections must be held by June 30,
Netanyahu and his opponents decided to hold the races on that last possible
There apparently will not be a Likud convention with speeches, after
Netanyahu was booed at the last convention, in May 2012.
his rivals continue to disagree on procedural matters that will have an impact
on who runs in the elections. Candidates will have until next Tuesday to join
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is considered the leading
candidate for chairman of the powerful Likud central committee. He will be
challenged by party activist Michael Fuah, who is close to MK Moshe
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and MK Tzipi Hotovely will
vie for the chairmanship of the party’s ideological bureau. Transportation
Minister Israel Katz is expected to keep his job as head of the Likud
secretariat that oversees the party’s finances, though MK Miri Regev might run
The most powerful post that will be elected is chairman of
the Likud’s internal court.
Netanyahu had supported retired judge Nissim
Yeshaya for the job, but he dropped out of the race after he was scolded for
saying that “some women enjoy rape.”
Netanyahu hopes to bring in a new
candidate, but the court hinted that it could be legally problematic.
prime minister is concerned that if a right-wing Likud activist is elected to
the job, the courts will be used against him.