'Primaries a waste: No one can challenge Netanyahu'

MK David Bitan says PM suggested move to hold Likud primaries based on 'bad advice.'

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Bitan and Netanyahuו
Bitan and Netanyahuו
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MK David Bitan (Likud) believes that it would be a waste of time and resources for the Likud party to hold primaries, arguing that there is no candidate within the party who can pose a viable challenge to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Bitan argued that the suggestion the Likud's primaries be held early hurt the party, as it encouraged MK Gideon Sa'ar to openly declare his plans to run against Netanyahu when the party is preparing to form a new government.

In an interview with Aryeh Golan of Kan Reshet Bet, Bitan said that Netanyahu's plan to hold early primaries was based on "bad advice" he received from an adviser.

Bitan also criticized the breakup of the Yamina party. "They're smashing a party to pieces for absolutely no reason," he said. As for the possibility of Bennett and Shaked's integration into the Likud ranks, Bitan believes that such a move can only take place after the establishment of a government, but such a move would depend on Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision.