Netanyahu Planning to Bump Up Likud Primary Elections

The move is intended to stabilize the party and the coalition and does not indicate any intention of bringing forward the elections for the Knesset, reports claim.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participates in a forum hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington November 10, 2015.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to bring forward the elections for the leader of the Likud party, holding them in two months, reports Amit Segal of TV Channel 2 news.

The report claims that senior Likud officials said that the topic was raised in a meeting Netanyahu held in recent days with senior party officials including cabinet members. The report claims that the move is intended to stabilize the party and the coalition and does not indicate any intention of bringing forward the elections for the Knesset.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who is also the head of the Likud secretariat, denied the story, saying that “despite the rumors, the elections for the leader of the Likud will not be moved to an earlier date and will be held in accordance with the Likud’s constitution, half a year before the next Knesset elections. The Likud government is in the midst of a campaign against Islamic terror, contending with complex security, diplomatic and economic challenges, and this is certainly not the time to embark on political moves that could only create difficulty and destabilize the political scene in Israel.”