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The Likud central committee will convene on March 18 for what is
expected to be a highly charged debate on Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s decision to freeze West Bank settlement construction, the
premier announced Tuesday.
Netanyahu had been trying to delay
setting a date for the meeting since the 10-month moratorium was
announced in November. But after a petition from MK Danny Danon
(Likud), the Tel Aviv District Court decided last week that Netanyahu
had until Tuesday to announce a date for a meeting that would take
place within a month.
In order to save the large amount of money
it takes to rent a hall at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, the central
committee meeting could be combined with the Likud’s annual
The central committee will also meet this
Wednesday ahead of a vote the following day on delaying the election of
a new committee. That vote is so important to Netanyahu that he
canceled Tuesday’s Likud faction meeting and instead will convene the
party’s top activists who are loyal to him at the Knesset.
Danon will hold a rival event for central committee members who oppose delaying the election at the Knesset two hours later.
However, Netanyahu suffered a setback when the Tel Aviv District Court
decided on Tuesday afternoon that the central committee would have to
set a date for a Likud convention to elect a new committee by the end
of April. The court ruled that the vote to change the Likud
constitution in order to delay the election for the central committee,
which will take place on Thursday, might not be valid. The court will
reconvene after Thursday’s vote.
Nevertheless, the court decided
against fining Netanyahu over his failure to implement its order that
he begin the procedures necessary to elect a new central committee.