Courtesy of JNS

Likud member Gideon Sa'ar at a Likud Party faction meeting in Jerusalem, following the election results, Sept. 18, 2019.


(JNS) Likud Knesset member Gideon Sa’ar formally appealed to Likud Central Committee chairman MK Chaim Katz on Sunday to initiate a party primary in the event of a third round of elections. Doing so would be “for the good of the movement and the state,” he said in his appeal.

Sa’ar emphasized that the primaries, which could be held as soon as in two weeks, could potentially “prevent the state from deteriorating into unnecessary third elections, which [Israeli] Prime Minister Netanyahu defined only a few days ago as ‘madness.’ ”

Likud lawmaker Yoav Kisch on Thursday came out in support of the idea of holding new party primaries, telling Army Radio, “I don’t see a situation where there won’t be early primaries to determine a party leader. We are a democratic party … there are people who want to run.”

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said on Sunday that holding Likud primaries now would be “wrong,” as it is not “good timing.”

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