Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to have a snap election in March next year which is about eight months before the regular election in November 2019.
This would give Netanyahy an opportunity to play on favorable public opinion.
Although there were several charges of corruption, surveys suggest that the Israel’s prime minister and his Likud party could easily sweep to win if the elections are held these days.
However, sources close to Netanyahu encountered a plot to oust him from power even if his party wins at the ballot box.
According to latest reports, Gideon Sa’ar, a former cabinet minister and a rising star within Likud, worked with President Reuvin Rivlin to have a Likud Member of Knesset other than the prime minister. It would definitely be someone from a different party, tasked with creating the next governmental force regardless of the votes.
The President’s role is ceremonial, but he decides which MK will be the upcoming prime minister, depending on the possibility to form a coalition.
The head of the largest Knesset party has this honor, but things not always go this way. After the 2009 legislative election, Netanyahu’s Likud was the second largest Knesset faction with 27 seats and Kadima had 28. The then-president ShimonPperes tasked Netanyahu with creating the next government. He did a really good job here.
Netanyahu is convinced that Rivlin will make a similar move, because the voices are rising. The President may choose a different MK from Likud.
Sa’ar denied the existence of such plot, and even suggest hat Netanyahu suffers from “paranoia. He even said that the prime minister crossed the red line by flinging allegations that actually echo those of an irrationally anxious despot.
Let’s see what happens next in the country. Is it possible that Sa’ar plots against Netanyahu?