Long line at Likud primary 370.
(photo credit: Lahav Harkov)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should be prevented from running in the next
race for leader of Likud, top activists in the party said Sunday.
activists intend to pass a proposal that would limit a Likud leader to three
Journalist Yoav Yitzhak broke the story late Saturday
night on his News First Class website that the proposal was being promoted by
Likud activists loyal to two likely future candidates for Likud leader.
activists said Sunday that such a proposal would receive support from nearly all
political camps inside the Likud central committee. The proposal was initiated
by Eli Malka, a Likud activist from Ashkelon who is one of the leaders of the
Darkeha Darkenu (Your Way is Our Way) ideological forum that was formed to work
for Netanyahu but now opposes him.
“We do not build up dictators and we
are not looking for a king,” said Darkeha Darkenu leader Eli
“Netanyahu made the Likud central committee members – who are
supposed to do the work for the party day in and day out – into an unwanted gang
Cornfeld will be running in next Sunday’s race for chairman
of the Likud central committee against Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon,
mayors Shimon Susan and Yossi Shavo, and central committee member Michael Puah,
a close ally of MK Moshe Feiglin.
Prior to that race, there will be an
election Tuesday for head of the Likud convention between Danon, former minister
Michael Eitan, and Ma’aleh Adumim central committee member Gidon Ariel. There
will also be an election Tuesday for the convention’s council.
Galili, who heads the Likud faction in the Na’amat women’s organization, sent a
letter to Netanyahu Sunday, urging him to reserve a third of the slots on the
convention council for female candidates.
“It is important to encourage
the participation of women in politics and give them fitting representation in
positions of power,” Galili wrote.