Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Danon was elected last night to head the Likud central committee. Minister Israel Katz was re-elected chairman of the Likud Secretariat, defeating MK Miri Regev.
Deputy minister Zeev Elkin is the new Likud bureau chief.
The Likud secretariat, which Katz has been running for the past 10 years, is comprised of the party’s Knesset faction as well as major Likud apparatchiks.
Katz was blamed by MK Regev, and by her supporter, Danny Danon, for the Likud’s decline in the last elections. They accused Katz of losing touch with the Likud voters.
Both Regev and Danon are considered to the right of Katz on issues related to Judea and Samaria. But Danon is to the left of Michael Puah, whom he defeated last night, on those same issues.
Minister Katz issued a statement saying he was committed to taking the Likud on a new path, to prepare it for victory come next elections.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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