(JNS) Likud MK and former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat suggested a plan to hold elections for a Likud Party “deputy leader,” who would automatically assume the “most senior post in the government or the Knesset after the chairman of the party” and take over the premiership should the prime minister be removed from office.

Currently, when the prime minister travels or undergoes a medical procedure under sedation, he names another Likud minister to stand in for him.

Barkat said his model is “inspired by the U.S. model, [with] the president and vice president working together.”

“I would like to offer my support to Prime Minister and Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu, and wish us all a fair trial, which will prove his innocence, and allow him to continue to lead the State of Israel with great success, as he has done so far, for many more years,” said Barkat in a statement.

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