Netanyahu Likud 390.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu intends to return to actively partake in
politics inside his party after avoiding dealing with Likud activists for
several months, a source close to him said on Wednesday.
hold a rare political rally next week to which Likud central committee members
will be invited. The rally is intended to counter reports that the prime
minister has lost control over the party.
Central committee members have
been angered by Netanyahu’s absence from the field in the Likud and by his
decision to run together with former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael
Beytenu party in January’s national election.
Running with Yisrael
Beytenu pushed Likud central committee members out of realistic slots on the
Knesset candidates list.
Liberman told Yisrael Beytenu activists in Tel
Aviv on Wednesday night that steps to merge his party with the Likud would only
be considered after the October 22 municipal elections.
He said in closed
conversations that regarding a merger, “the ball is in the Likud’s
At a rally with Likud activists on Tuesday
, Deputy Defense
Minister Danny Danon said that if elected chairman of the central committee in
Sunday’s election, he would take steps to prevent a merger. He said that if it
is proposed that Yisrael Beytenu be given 1,200 slots in the Likud central
committee, he would require that the measure be passed by secret ballot, which
would give it no chance of passing.
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Danon won Tuesday’s election for
chairman of the Likud convention, winning 86 percent of the vote. The turnout in
the race was only 27 percent.
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