Netanyahu Faced With Public Challenger to Head Likud Party

Michael Hauser Tov
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Benjamin Netanyahu is set to face his first primary challenge since becoming opposition leader, after lawmaker Yuli Edelstein announced his candidacy for chairman of Likud on Monday, arguing that the party might be able to form a coalition without the former prime minister at the helm.

"I decided to run for leadership of the movement because the current government is dangerous for the State of Israel," Edelstein told Channel 12 News. "We had an election four times, Likud was the largest faction in the Knesset four times – and we did not manage to form a government four times. If we do not face the facts, we will remain in the opposition for many years."

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