'Loyalty doesn't pay off،' says MK Miki Zohar، who along with former coalition head David Bitan and other MKs petitioned the party's court in a bid to revoke the prime minister's three reserved spots on the Knesset list.
A group of Likud lawmakers considered allied to Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at him Monday after they discovered that not only were they in tenuous spots on the party's Knesset list، but that the prime minister himself was trying to push them further down by claiming three spots for his own choices. The list is voted for by Likud members in a party primary and determines the order of preference for lawmakers to sit in parliament، but some spots are reserved for women and special interest groups. "Loyalty to Netanyahu doesn't pay off،" said MK Miki Zohar، who is number 29 on the Likud list. "Throughout the term، we paid a price when defending him، and now we've been abandoned by Netanyahu." The results of the party's primary elections caused outrage when it became apparent all of the MKs who have been most loyal to the prime minister paid a political price and were ranked low on the party's list. Turning tide? Netanyahu comes under fire from long-term Likud loyalists