Are Bibi Netanyahu and Likud Headed Towards Divorce?
Posted By Mike Rosenthal on February 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment
Bibi Netanyahu may soon lose control of his own Likud party. On September 8th of last year on the front page of Israel’s Ma’ariv newspaper, it was reported that Netanyahu’s close associates were trying to get rid of a certain internal Likud statute that requires voters to amass 16 months of party membership before they can vote for the party’s institutions. The reason was simple. Internal party elections were coming up, and Netanyahu did not have enough supporters to put his men in the party’s central committee. That means his internal party rivals led by Moshe Feiglin among others, could take control. “If they succeed,” said one of his associates, “the pressure on Knesset members will be enormous. Everybody starts thinking about his own primary campaign, and Netanyahu starts to lose control of the faction.” (Ma’ariv, September 8, front page)