Report: Netanyahu preparing for snap primary

PM wants to establish his position as Likud Movement Chairman ahead of 21-day period before Knesset dissolution and new elections.

Mordechai Sones ,

Esti Desiubov/TPS

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is preparing to hold a snap internal election for the Likud Chairman, reportedly within a few weeks.

In this way, Netanyahu seeks to establish his position as Chairman of the Likud Movement and prevent attempts to bring about his ouster in the near future.

The Prime Minister's sensitive period is the 21-days after the President concludes that none of the Knesset Members recommended by the Knesset factions is capable of forming a government.

During this 21-day period, any group of 61 Knesset members may ask the President to impose assembling the government on one of the Knesset members who are prepared to do so, without the need for party recommendations. To the extent that no such application is filed, the Knesset is dispersed and goes to new elections.

This 21-day period is a sensitive period for the Prime Minister because during that time he does not actually control the steps of his party members, and therefore, apparently, he wishes to anchor his position in the party.