Katz says he suggested Netanyahu step aside for a year to allow right-wing government
Finance Minister Israel Katz told ruling Likud activists on Sunday that in an attempt to prevent the fall of the ruling party, he suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu temporarily step down to allow the formation of a government of right.
The development confirmed several Hebrew media reports over the past two months that were strongly denied by Katz at the time.
Katz wrote that he had recently offered Netanyahu to organize a new primary for the party leadership, with the winner replacing the incumbent as prime minister for just one year – after which Netanyahu would presumably return.
Katz apparently believed this would allow right-wing parties that personally oppose Netanyahu, including Gideon Saar’s New Hope, to join the government. Katz believed he would win the primaries and temporarily become prime minister.
“I believed that my chances of being elected were high due to my roots in the movement and my vast experience and positions of responsibility in which I have served successfully as Minister of Agriculture, Transport, intelligence, foreign affairs and now finance, ”Katz said.
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Netanyahu rejected the offer.
Saar and Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett is expected to announce this week that they are joining forces with the anti-Netanyahu bloc in the Knesset to form a right-center-left government ousting the outgoing president. . In light of Katz’s proposal, the political disappearance of the longtime prime minister would at least partly stem from Netanyahu’s refusal to temporarily step aside and allow a right-wing government to be formed with another Likud leader in the head.