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Weekly Roundup | Likud Primary Results

Last week Likud held a leadership primary. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu beat Likud MK Gidon Sa’ar to remain the party’s leader and Prime Ministerial candidate in the third round of elections, Netanyahu received 72.5% of the vote while Gidon Sa’ar received 27.5%.

After the results were announced Sa’ar thanked his supporters and voters and committed to supporting Netanyahu in the next election.

Prior to the election Sa’ar had promised to work to have Netanyahu be the next President of Israel if he was Likud leader.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz told supports that he prefers that the high court does not prevent Netanyahu from forming a government, He hopes that people will choose him as Prime Minister and not have the people lose more faith in the justice system,

Labor-Gesher leader has said that center-left Bloc needs 61 seats without Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party in order to form a government.

Meretz agreed to maintain the same Kenesset list as the second round of elections running under the leadership of Nitzan Horowitz, Horowitz called for the Democratic Union to stay together and for Labor-Gesher to join them in the next election

Yair Lapid, Blue and White’s number two has been appealing to right-wing voters promising them that Blue and White can be trusted on security issues, Lapid said they will not bring back the Oslo accords, there won’t be another disengagement and that they will continue to fight Iran.

Over 80 Senior Bayit Yehudi officials have signed a letter to party leader Rav Rafi Peretz protesting his agreement to run with Otzma Yehudit without consulting many party members. The Central Committee will meet this week in order to discuss the agreement.

Hayamin Hechadah (New Right) leader Naftali Bennet said that his party will demand the religious affairs portfolio in the next government in order to bring the portfolio back to religious Zionism.

Russian speakers have compared various anti-Haredi comments from Yisrael Beitenu MK’s to anti-Semitism, This is not the first time in recent months that anti-Haredi comments have been called antisemitic and the President has previously been asked to intervene on this issue.

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