ASIATODAY.ID, YERUSALEM – Israeli ministers and lawmakers from the ruling party, Likud, discussed plans to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Israeli media on Tuesday.
Channel 3 News reported that the plan included efforts to recruit 61 lawmakers to pass a vote of no confidence in Netanyahu’s government, and to form a new government without going to a general election.
The news channel added that lawmakers from the Likud party were worried that Netanyahu would remain at the helm of the party and then cause defeat in the next elections.
These lawmakers fear that such a development means that most of them will not be able to be part of Israel’s political system.
In addition, after the military ground operation in Gaza ends — but has not yet indicated that it will end, the lawmakers will continue their plans to hold a parliamentary session to oust Netanyahu.
To assuage opposition fears, the Likud figure proposed to lead the government after Netanyahu reportedly will not run in the next election.
However, the media reported that the chances of the plan’s success were low as only 10 Likud lawmakers approved the plan.
According to Israeli law, at least 15 Likud members must agree for the plan to proceed.
Netanyahu’s government was inaugurated on December 29, 2022 after November elections produced a majority for the right-wing bloc he leads to form a new government.
A number of recent polls in Israel show support for Netanyahu and the Likud Party dropping significantly in favor of opposition parties.
The decline was seen following the surprise attack carried out by Hamas on October 7 against Israel and amid relentless Israeli retaliation in the more than month since. (Anadolu)
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