Shelly Yacimovich at Labor Central Committee 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich is working on legislation that would prevent
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from running in the next general election,
sources in Labor revealed on Tuesday.
Army Radio Knesset correspondent
Sefi Ovadia reported exclusively Tuesday morning that Yacimovich had consulted
with politicians in other parties in order to determine whether she could obtain
a majority for a bill that would limit prime ministers to two consecutive
Sources in Labor said Yacimovich had not decided yet whether to
submit the bill.
Passing the bill could require support from MKs in the
It is possible that Likud ministers who want to replace
Netanyahu or MKs in the parties of future prime ministerial candidates Yair
Lapid and Naftali Bennett could find excuses to absent themselves from such a
vote in order to enable it to pass.
Yacimovich declined to comment about
the bill and top MKs in her party said they were not aware that she was working
on such legislation behind the scenes. Netanyahu’s associates called the
proposal undemocratic and said the people of Israel must be permitted to pick
the prime minister they want.
“The proposal is intended to prevent the
public’s will from being implemented,” a Netanyahu associate said. “We are not
worried because legal authorities would not let it pass.”
A Labor source
suggested that Likud MKs who are angry with Netanyahu for personal reasons had
persuaded Yacimovich to draft the bill.
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