"He has no one," says a political rival after the departure this week of Netanyahu's bureau chief Gil Sheffer. Sheffer will ride into the sunset with other with other loyal aides who before him, leaving the PM with a party he can no longer control.
Right-wing figures seized control of key Likud party institutions in internal elections, leaving the prime minister with few allies.
Netanyahu has to decide: Either he regains control of the party with dramatic moves, or he uses its weakness as a lever. In the meantime, he's doing neither.
Analysis The Rise of Danonism Likud Convention Slips Through Netanyahu's Fingers as Danon Takes Control
Far-right Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon clinches easy victory among Likud party members, leaving the prime minister in the worst possible situation for a party chairman: he's not even a player.
Analysis Bennett's 'Shrapnel' Comment May Have Been Blunt, but His Message Was Clear: No Two-state Solution
Economy minister sees himself as the only guardian of the Land of Israel in the government.
President Shimon Peres has everything one could want. At 90, all of the rich and powerful of the world and the nation flock to his side, showering him with praise, seeking his company, looking for some of the stardust that he has been blessed with.
Colleagues of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can't recall a time when he has been more despondent about Israel's situation in the Middle East. One thing is for sure: He can't count on his coalition partners to lighten the mood.
These were the words uttered this week by Likud backbenchers after the embarrassing defeat on the judicial selection committee. Suddenly, there's talk of limiting the number of terms a person can serve as prime minister.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni says move is appropriate, needed to restore public faith in the justice system.
Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avidgor Lieberman suffered a blow when the Knesset passed over his crony and elected MKs from Shas and Labor to the Judges' Election Committee.