Netanyahu at Likud meeting 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could get significant new powers over the
Likud Party he leads if a proposal by a group of mayors passes in the upcoming
Netanyahu has suffered from his lack of control over
the party in recent years. He was unable to reserve slots on the Likud’s Knesset
list for candidates he supported, such as economist Shlomo Maoz and basketball
iconturned- statesman Tal Brody, and he was unable to appoint a new Likud
The mayors, led by Modi’in’s Haim Bibas, want the
convention to approve a proposal that would enable Netanyahu to reserve one slot
in every 10 on the list.
He would also be able to appoint his own people
to the Likud’s institutions and name his director-general without needing the
approval of the party’s governing secretariat, which is led by his critic
Transportation Minister Israel Katz.
That proposal is one of 200 that the
Likud’s law committee is currently vetting.
The committee began hearing
proposals Tuesday night and will make decisions Thursday on which proposals will
come to a vote in the Likud convention, which will take place the week of
Among the proposals the law committee heard were those that
would enable central committee members to choose the Likud’s MKs and that would
schedule the Likud’s leadership race for just before a general
Netanyahu has accelerated proceedings of the leadership race
twice in order to prevent potential challengers from preparing.
of the partnership between Likud and Yisrael Beytenu will also be decided at the
There will be proposals to merge the parties, break them up,
or wait until the next general election to decide.
One idea that will be
considered is shortening the 16- month waiting period for new members to be able
to run for office with the party and vote for its MKs. That would enable Yisrael
Beytenu members to join Likud en masse.
Activists also proposed
preventing ministers or MKs who vote against Likud central committee decisions
in the cabinet or Knesset from running again with the party.
for example, that if the committee decides it opposes relinquishing land to the
Palestinians or releasing murderers from prison, a Likud politician’s career
could be over if he votes in favor of such steps.