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Court Decision May Help Likud Dump Netanyahu’s Concessions to PA

Netanyahu may have to follow Sharon and form a new party if he insists on selling out to the Kerry-Obama-Abbas trio.

Danny Danon (left) has won   a court case that could weaken the power of Netanyahu (right) to carry out concessions to Abbas and Kerry.

Danny Danon (left) has won a court case that could weaken the power of Netanyahu (right) to carry out concessions to Abbas and Kerry.
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The Tel Aviv District Court in one swoop has threatened Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ability to carry out concessions to the Palestinian Authority, meaning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and also has made him vulnerable to a rebellion within his Likud party.

The ruling, virtually unnoticed or underplayed by most Israeli media, overthrows an internal Likud court decision that decreed that the head of the party’s Central Committee has the power to convene the committee on police issues, a power that Netanyahu wants only for himself.

The head of the committee happens to be one of Netanyahu’s’ most nationalist Knesset Members, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon.

After the internal Likud court overruled the Likud law committee’s decision backing Danon, he appealed to the Tel Aviv court and won his case on Monday. However, Prime Minister Netanyahu is not accepting defeat and will appeal to the Supreme Court.

That will be an interesting show. On the one hand, the High Court has a long history of ruling for democracy, in this case the claim by Danon and supported by the Tel Aviv court that Netanyahu is trying to take totalitarian control of the party.

On the other hand, if the High Court, which historically loves Peace Now and hates nationalists, upholds Danon’s claim, it could put in jeopardy Kerry’s juggernaut that has trampled over the Prime Minister. Netanyahu so far has refused to say “no” for fear of being blamed for standing up against President Barack Obama and wrecking his plan to pronounce instant peace in the Middle East with the creation of a new Palestinian Authority state within Israel’s own borders.

If Danon can convene the Central Committee on issues that Netanyahu wants to decide for himself, such as paving the way for expelling more than 150,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria, dividing Jerusalem and allowing NATO troops to protect Israel from Palestinian Authority terrorists, he could very well win the day and bury Kerry’s blind drive to rub Israel’s nose in the sand at Mahmoud Abbas’ feet.

The only obstacle to a full-scale rebellion within the Likud party is Netanyahu’s power to fire any Cabinet minister and deputy minister who gets in his way. The list is getting longer every day, including Danon, Tzipi Hotovely, Ze’ev Elkin, Yuval Steinitz and Miri Regev, among others.

If the Supreme Court does not change the lower court decision, Prime Minister Netanyahu can easily climb down from his limb, which is getting longer every day and where he is hanging much lonelier than ever, and tell President Obama that “democracy is democracy,” and, “Tough luck, pal.”

If the Likud committee votes its conscience and squashes proposed concessions, and if Prime Minister Netanyahu insists on walking on his knees with Washington, he could face political oblivion.

In 2005, the Liked Central committee voted overwhelmingly against a policy of expelling Jews from Gaza. When Sharon nevertheless tried to get his way in the Knesset Likud, formed the Kadima party and brought along most of the former Likud MKs who wanted their seats of power more than a clean conscience.

Netanyahu, who did not join the parade, does not have the clout that Sharon had.

Trying to for a new party and heading a center-left coalition would be political suicide

But having to swallow the dictates of the party Central Committee would leave him with less power.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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5 Responses to “Court Decision May Help Likud Dump Netanyahu’s Concessions to PA”

  1. Bobby Harris says:

    Dear Mr. prime minister don't give in to them its a trap to overthrow you from Israel and to make you weak. Judea and samaria is ancient biblical land area from the bible belongs to the jews. do not take that away from the jews living there. danny danon used to be a good guy as least I thought now I don't think so. he wants to give in to Kerry and abbas its a deadly trap. do not give in to abbas or Kerry or even president Obama he is bad president I know he is, he wants jerusalem divided the answer is NO flat out NO NO NO Jerusalem is eternal it can never be divided. and never will be so I say this I will stand with Israel and if we have to americans need to say NO to Palestinians and arabs in Knesset to leave and don't come back…. no Jerusalem stays as the capitol of Israel period. and Judea and samaria is a jewish land god gave it to all the jews for a forever inheritance period…..you mr prime minister you can fight back and say tough luck pal no way to any concessions to Kerry or Obama or abbas.i support you mr. prime minister and I support Israel all of it

  2. Run Guo says:

    Politics means mr PM can't do what he desired, even if he is right, otherwise he will be replaced. Light comes after the darkest hour.

  3. I pray that you help PM Netanyahu with decision making led by the wisdom and knowledge from Jehovah. Be united and work together, I pray.

  4. I have always been a strong supporter of Bibi. But He has gone too far, in bowing to every demand of Kerry, Obama and Abbas.
    He has caused more trouble for Israel, that Abbas has caused.
    Releasing murderers of Israelis so that Abbas will sit and talk peace, shows how ignorant and stupid he has become.
    He should have known that Abbas is not interested n peace.
    He wants to destroy Israe;l. By releasing murderers, he has put the life of every Israeli in danger.

    Netanyahu makes wonderful speeches.

    Time for Netanyahu and Peres to retire.He has committed political suicde.
    No peace, no PA state.
    israel need leaders like Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin.

    Is there such an animal in Israel?
    My hat off to Danny Danon.
    The Likud is finished, and so is Netanyahu.

    He must wake up and realize that israel is not his, and any decision he makes must be approved by the entire Knesset.

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