Likud members want to place limits on Netanyahu

A number of senior Likud members are secretly encouraging opposition bill to place term limits on Prime Minister.

Matt Wanderman ,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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The Knesset is again considering a bill to institute term limits on the Prime Minister, although now it also has support from Netanyahu's own party.

While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is working hard to quash the bill, a number of senior Likud members are operating behind the scenes in order to ensure that it becomes law.

"Since the beginning of the current term I have said that I am in favor of limiting the office to two terms, MK Oren Hazan told Ynet. Several others also expressed their support, though only Hazan was willing to have his name published.

MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Union) proposed the bill, which quickly drew signatures from the leaders of all the opposition parties. Even if it does pass, though, the change would only take effect several years from now. This means that Netanyahu would be eligible to continue leading the country for two more rounds, giving him a total of six terms as prime minister.

Should the current government last for the full four years, Netanyahu will become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel's history.