Israel Daily, Dec 19: Could Netanyahu Be Thrown Out As Likud Party Leader?

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could face dismissal from the Likud Party’s leadership contest, ahead of March’s Knesset elections, over charges of misusing party property and employees for his personal political benefit.

Netanyahu has been summoned to a hearing by the Likud comptroller, Shay Galili. Accusations include use of a conference hall at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv to promote his candidacy for the party’s leadership. The speech he gave was uploaded to the Likud website, which is deemed party property and thus off-limits to candidates.

The Prime Minister also allegedly used two Likud employees at the Tel Aviv headquarters to invite party members to events, including a Hannukah candle-lighting ceremony with Interior Minister Gilad Erdan on Wednesday.

Netanyahu has not responded to the charges.

The Prime Minister could face a challenge for the Likud leadership, particularly from the party’s right-wing, which has accused him of being “soft” over security in East Jeruslam and the West Bank and the summer war in Gaza.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Could Netanyahu Be Thrown Out As Likud Party Leader?

    No, this will not happen.. LOL Likud, unlike the Israeli Labor party, is very loyal to it’s leaders. Also, there’s no one challenging Netanyahu. No alternative what so ever. So unfortunately, we can get him as PM yet again..

    • Netanyahu has been in politics on and off since 1996. Couldn’t they dig up something more substantial to accuse him of than using a party conference hall for a campaign speech and having two party officials spend some sending out invitations?

      This is not worth even the small amount of time spent on it by the EA Editor-in-Chief :-) Especially not with a header that whets our appetite for so much more (Could Netanyahu Be Thrown Out As Likud Party Leader?).

      • It’s not like it matters anymore. Once upon a time throwing Netanyahu would have been a good thing, now he’s more likely to be replaced with someone even more extreme and more harmful to both Israeli security and prosperity and the overall peace process.

  2. “…Couldn’t they dig up something more substantial to accuse him of”.

    Jaja.. if you only read the local news, you would know. For example, the Netanyahu family spent some 60,000 NIS (around US$ 16,500 !!!) a year, just on pistachio ice-cream (!!!) that they ordered from a local ice cream cafeteria in Jerusalem. And it is on the (PM) house, with our money. There are plenty more examples, but the Israeli public (not me) is bewitched by this political magician.

    • Not quite as bad as Sultan Erdogan and his white palace, but US$ 16,500 a year just on pistachio ice-cream leads one to wonder what they spend on things like cars, jewelry and watches. :-)

      On the other hand, maybe he’ll develop diabetes and have to resign for health reasons …. 😉

      Anyway, as Jon H says, he’ll probably be replaced by someone even more extreme – and to the liking of the majority of Israeli voters, unfortunately.

      • “…maybe he’ll develop diabetes and have to resign for health reasons”. Jajaja definitely hope so :)

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        We live in an extreme neighborhood, maybe the most extreme out there in the world. I blame the neighborhood for making us extreme. It wasn’t like this till few years ago.

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