Netanyahu Accuses Unnamed Rival of Seeking His Overthrow

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference following his meeting with Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis at the government's headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
AP/Mindaugas Kulbis

Ynetnews reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made severe accusation on Wednesday, claiming a former minister from the Likud party, which he heads, is plotting to overthrow him after the Likud wins the 2019 elections.

While the former official was not named, he is believed to be former Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar. “It has come to my knowledge over the past few weeks that a former Likud minister is speaking with coalition members in an attempt to undermine me.

“He wants me to lead the Likud to an overwhelming victory in the upcoming elections, and then see to that I’m no longer the prime minister, against the will of the Likud voters, against the will of the public and against democracy,” Netanyahu lashed out. “I travel across the country and see the huge support me and my wife receive. Support in a magnitude I haven’t witnessed since I entered politics.”

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