Likud-Beiteinu Split Could Come Next Week

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Likud will probably end its alliance with Yisrael Beiteinu at next week’s party convention, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

The convention’s chairman, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, said that the central committee will likely vote at next Wednesday’s gathering to split from Yisrael Beitenu.

“If there’s a proposal to break up the partnership, it will pass,” Danon said.

However, there might indeed be a counter-move to keep the partnership going. Modi’in mayor Haim Bibas, a Netanyahu supporter, advocating a merger of the two parties.

Yisrael Beitenu decided last month to temporarily stay with Likud. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly would prefer that, and sources close to him have hinted that he might simply ignore a decision by the central committee if it decides otherwise.