Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s carefully laid plans for early elections of both the Likud party chairman and its Knesset list on December 31 were waylaid on Monday by a Likud court.
The court voided the Likud Central Committee’s vote last week endorsing Netanyahu’s schedule, as well as his proposal to reserve places on the Likud list for his personal choices, The Jerusalem Post reported.
MK Moshe Feiglin, who is running against Netanyahu for the Likud leadership, took the matters to court.
Netanyahu said he would appeal the ruling.
“This is a perplexing decision, given that a striking majority of Likud Central Committee members voted to combine the elections and advance the primaries in order to save the party millions of shekels and to prepare for general elections as soon as possible,” Netanyahu commented.
The prime minister’s campaign said that an expanded panel of judges would review the case on Tuesday.