Netanyahu’s Likud party votes for Knesset slate

Some 120,000 registered Likud members are eligible to cast their ballots at 131 polling stations between 10 am and 10 pm Tuesday in the primary for the party’s Knesset slate for the April 9 election. This list is expected to differ widely from the present lineup. While media attention focused Monday on the rivalry between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a former challenger Gideon Saar, top ministers are jockeying hard for the top five spots, while new faces are scrambling for the second five rankings. Among them are Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Yoav Galant and former Jerusalem Mayor, Barkat. The list could change if additional right wing parties are asked to join in a merger to counter an opposition bloc if one is formed by Benny Gantz.

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