Netanyahu votes in Likud primary 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided over the weekend to delay races for
the Likud’s institutions from next week to an undefined date.
minister announced last month that he would run for chairman of the Likud’s
convention to prevent the Likud central committee from giving itself the right
to decide the party’s next Knesset slate. While such races are usually held over
a period of months, he initially decided to hold the election with only a week’s
But after Government Services Minister Michael Eitan, who is
running against him, threatened to take Netanyahu to an internal Likud court and
other potential candidates complained, the prime minister backed
Eitan expressed satisfaction with the decision, but said he would
still go to the internal court to make sure the Likud would abide by its own
bylaws “even when not doing so would make it easier for one particular
MK Danny Danon, who also wants to challenge Netanyahu, said
he wants the election held as soon as possible because he believes he is strong
in the field.
Likud activist Moshe Feiglin said that by seeking to hold
an expedited race, Netanyahu was trying to prevent people from running. He said
the prime minister did a similar maneuver with the race for the Likud
chairmanship in which Vice Premier Silvan Shalom did not run.
said he believed Netanyahu would end up dropping his candidacy for the
“His candidacy is improper,” Feiglin said. “If
he decides to run, I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses.”