Likud Rebellion Over Kerry Plan

At a rally protesting a prospective agreement by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to territorial concessions in Judea and Samaria, MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud Beiteinu) said that if her party’s leader attempted to strongarm MKs into agreeing to concessions, it would be the end of the party.

Several Members of the Knesset with the Likud party are forming a “group of rebels” that will oppose party leader and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu if he attempts to concede land to the Palestinian Authority, Channel 10 reports.

The “rebels” plan to quit the government  and attempt to split off from the moderates in Likud, and move towards the Naftali Bennett Jewish Home Settler Movement agenda.

Deputy Ministers Zev Elkin, Danny Danon and Tzipi Hotovely were named as among the “rebels.” They have reportedly contacted others within the party, including Minister Yair Shamir.

Coalition head Yariv Levin was named as likely to join them. Levin was recently reportedly to have declared in private conversation that if Netanyahu accepts the Kerry plan, he, Levin, will step down.

The Kerry plan is expected to be accepted by the two sides at a summit in Aqaba at the end of this month.

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