Netanyahu to skip upcoming Likud convention

Five months after being booed at his party's convention, PM decides not to attend Likud convention at TA Fairgrounds.

October 17, 2012 00:20
1 minute read.
Shadow over Likud logo

Shadow over Likud logo 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Five months after he was booed at a May 6 Likud convention, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided not to attend his party’s convention at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds Wednesday night.

The booing Netanyahu received from extremists in the party for his initiative to elect himself president of that convention was seen as one of several reasons that the prime minister ended up signing a coalition agreement with Kadima the following night.

Wednesday’s convention will approve a series of procedural decisions about how to elect the Likud’s candidates for the next Knesset and provide an opportunity for Likud candidates to mingle with key central committee members.

The Likud’s law committee decided Tuesday night to maintain reserved slots for women, immigrants, a non-Jew and a young candidate.

In an effort to open slots on the list for current MKs, the party decided to enable current MKs to win two realistic slots that were previously limited to candidates who had never served in the Knesset.

The convention is expected to decide to set November 25 as the date for the Likud primary.

It will be the last convention presided over by retiring Likud central committee chairman Moshe Kahlon, who is expected to be the star of the event.

Likud Knesset candidate Tzahi Hanegbi – the last central committee chairman before Kahlon – said he urged the present chairman not to leave politics. He also offered to mediate if a political dispute was the reason for his departure.

“It weakens Likud to see such a popular minister leave,” Hanegbi said. “In my 30 years in politics, I don’t remember a minister’s departure causing people such personal distress. People told me they felt terrible to see him go. It says something about him.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

Cookie Settings