Israeli PM Netanyahu disqualified from running for party leadership


Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pictured during a news conference at his office in Jerusalem Dec 2. -Reuters
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pictured during a news conference at his office in Jerusalem Dec 2. -Reuters
The comptroller for Israel’s ruling Likud party on Wednesday disqualified Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from running for party leadership next week ahead of March elections because of alleged misuse of party funds for his primary campaign, according to the Israeli media.

The ruling by Shai Galili, Likud’s comptroller, was reported by the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

Netanyahu is likely to challenge the ruling in the party court or in regular court ahead of next week’s primary election, according to Post reporter Lahav Harkov.

In response to the ruling, the Netanyahu campaign said “the decision by the political dealer Galili is strange, motivated by irrelevant considerations and not at all binding,” according to the Post.

The statement added: “Electoral Committee chairman Menahem Ne’eman clearly determined that Galili’s decison was hasty, invalid and Galili was not authorized to give it.”

Netanyahu’s disqualification, if it sticks, would leave only one challenger, Danny Danon, in the race for the party leader.

Galili had earlier invited Netanyahu to respond to allegations that he has improperly used party resources in his leadership primary run.

Galili’s concerns focused on an event where Netanyahu appeared on Dec. 11 at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv for party activists, according to Post reporter Harkov.

The allegations involved the use of party property at an event on Netanyahu’s behalf carried out with the help of party employees.

Galili noted that Netanyahu, at the event, had spoken of Likud members who had expressed support for him as Israeli and party leader and had used phrases like the “Likud government led by me.”

In inviting Netanyahu to address her concerns, Galili explained that it is improper to have party employees help candidates, because they are supposed to be neutral in Likud primaries, the Post reported.

The newspaper’s quoted a source close to Netanyahu as saying the event was a general Lukud function and not part of the primary campaign.

USA Today



7 responses to “Israeli PM Netanyahu disqualified from running for party leadership”

  1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Merry Christmas benji.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      Eid Magid

  2. i see nothing about it on israeli sites,not that i object for kicking him out only i see no reference to this story

  3. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    He looks like an angry Chipmonk lol

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      He missed his career as an actor:))

  4. Qatar has stopped sponsoring Hamas under Egypt pressure

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