Silvan Shalom drops out of race for Likud top spot

Likud MK Silvan Shalom announced at a press conference in Tel Aviv Monday morning that he was dropping out of the September 3 primary race against current party chairman Binyamin Netanyahu. "Under Bibi, the Likud has now twice achieved its smallest [number of mandates]," Shalom said. "I ask Bibi - how many more people do you want to drive out of the Likud? Do you want to drive me out?"