Netanyahu trying to convince World Likud candidate to drop out

The proposed deal was revealed on Thursday by Likud MK David Bitan, who called it a “new low” for the party.

Yaakov Hagoel (photo credit: ELAD BRAMI)
Yaakov Hagoel
(photo credit: ELAD BRAMI)
The deal Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered for the World Likud chairmanship has brought the party to a “new low,” MK David Bitan said Thursday.
Netanyahu is working to convince Yaakov Hagoel, a candidate for World Likud leader, to drop out of the race, conditioning it on an ambassadorial appointment for his political ally Danny Danon, the outgoing ambassador to the UN.
On Sunday, Likud MK and Netanyahu loyalist Miki Zohar secured the most votes in a poll among Likud central committee members ahead of the Likud world conference next week, which will select the chairman of World Likud.
Hagoel came in a close second, but is still confident of winning the vote at the world conference, when a larger number of delegates are up for grabs.
The head of World Likud will play a role in determining the Likud candidate for leadership of the national institutions, which the party, in accordance with various coalition agreements, may take control of in the World Zionist Congress conference later this year.
According to Bitan, though, pressure is mounting on Hagoel to drop out of the race. If he does not, Danon, who will return to Israel from New York later this month, will not be appointed to another ambassadorial position.
Danon will be replaced by Gilad Erdan, who will also serve as the nation’s ambassador to the US beginning in 2021.