Israel Election Updates Likud Court Reverses pro-Netanyahu Vote to Move Primaries Forward

91 days to go: Labor MK Avishay Braverman quits politics.

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Netanyahu during a conference in Tel Aviv, December 8, 2014.
Netanyahu during a conference in Tel Aviv, December 8, 2014.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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11:50 P.M. Moshe Kahlon refuses Lapid's offer of joint ticket (Jonathan Lis)

3:48 P.M. Eitan Cabel appointed Israel Labor Party election campaign chairman

Eitan Cabel appointed Israel Labor Party election campaign chairman. Shimon Batat was appointed campaign manager.

11:52 A.M. Likud's internal court reverses pro-Netanyahu vote

Likud's internal court accepted a petition led by MK Moshe Feiglin and ruled against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to move up the date of the party's leadership race from January 6 to December 31 – the same day the party is due to vote on the its slate for the March 17 general elections.

Netanyahu's proposal also included granting him the authority to hand-pick two candidates in the 11th and 23rd spots of the slate.

The court determined that Netanyahu lost the vote because he failed to win a two-thirds majority as required by the party's constitution.

The Likud court ruled that the leadership vote will be on December 31. The party's constitution committee will decide on the date for the party's slate.

On Wednesday, Likud Central Committee members voted to approve Netanyahu's proposal. Feiglin, who is challenging Netanyhu as party leader, petitioned the Likud internal court on Thursday morning, seeking a reversal of the vote. (Jonathan Lis)

11:42 A.M. Labor MK Avishay Braverman quits politics

Labor MK Avishay Braverman, former chairman of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, announced he would not be running in the upcoming elections. (Haarezt)


11:58 P.M. Knesset Member Yoni Chetboun resigns from Habayit Hayehudi. He is expected to join a new party being formed by Eli Yishai.

11:31 P.M. Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett is expected to meet with Housing Minister Uri Ariel on Monday in an attempt to bridge the gaps between them ahead of the election, following several days of tension. (Chaim Levinson)

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