Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu quashed a move to hold snap primaries for the Likud leadership in a meeting on Sunday night with the head of the party’s central committee, MK Chaim Katz, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Earlier in the day, Likud MK Gideon Saar, who wants to run against Netanyahu, asked Katz to urgently convene the committee to schedule a leadership vote before December 11, the deadline for the Knesset to choose one of its members to form a government, or go to elections.
If the party would vote to install a new chairman, replacing Netanyahu, the stalemate with Blue and White could probably be broken, since their main objection to a unity government has been Netanyahu’s role in it while under indictment.
As the Likud’s chosen candidate for prime minister, such a primary could only be held with Netanyahu’s approval, according to the party’s rules.
However, the question of whether there might be a leadership primary before the next Knesset election instead of canceling it, as in the case of the Likud’s Knesset slate, was apparently left unresolved.
According to a report on Channel 12, Likud will be holding primaries within the next six weeks.
It said Netanyahu “is not ruling out” a primary vote sometime within the coming two and a half weeks, as Saar wants, but that the prospect is unlikely.