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Binyamin Netanyahu, barred, for the time being at least, from running to be re-elected party chairman.

The Likud party’s comptroller ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cannot run to head the party in the December 31 leadership vote because he allegedly used party funds for his own campaign to head the party again.

Netanyahu’s lawyer said that the Prime Minister will appeal the decision and that party comptroller Shai Galili, does not have the authority to bar Netanyahu from running for re-election as party leader.

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Galili claimed that Netanyahu used Likud party headquarters and employees for his own campaign to be re-elected December 31.

His decision, if it is upheld, means that Knesset Member Danny Danon, the only other candidate in the race to lead the Likud, will take over the party. Danon is one of the most nationalist Likud Knesset Members, and Netanyahu has tried to weaken his influence in the government.

Galili ruled, “Due to the current facts, I have not reasonable choice other than employ my authority, according to Likud law Number 28, to order the cancellation of the candidacy of [Netanyahu] in the [leadership] elections December 31.

He quoted a verse from the Torah – “You shall not place a stumbling block before a blind person…[Leviticus, 19:14″ – to state that “my decision is given by the authority invested in me according to the Likud law cited above. I ask {Netanyahu] to note that ignoring the decision is liable to be construed as breaking a law that provides for punishment of two years in jail.”

 

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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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Israel is in danger, Jews are attacked all over the world and politicians are only looking for their own interests and fighting each other at times when everyone needs to be united – it is more than disgusting

  2. Like him or not, there is no other viable leader who can and will say no to pressure from the president. That Bibi doesn't always thumb his nose to Obama is reasoned out. You have to give the president something, in order to maintain any semblance of a functioning relationship. Remember, the 700 lb. gorilla in the room, is the USA and its' economic clout.
    If Israel had courted Russia and China as trade partners, we wouldn't be so beholden to Obama. Our principle of democracy first, has worked against us politically.

  3. Remember what Kahane said,
    I prefer an Israel hated by everybody than in Auschwitz loved by all.”
    Right now Chaim Ben Pesach who is the successor to Kahane has been barred from entering Israel by the cowards who run Israel.
    That includes Likud, Kadima and Labor.

    Chaim Ben Pesach wants to use all out force to stop these Islamo killers from terrorizing Israel and Ben Pesach wants a death penalty for Muslims who murder Jews.
    Here's a video from Chaim from last month where he talks how he would stop Arab terrorists from murdering Israeli civilians.
    This is a must hear.

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