Likud’s Young Guard Feels Slighted by Netanyahu
Times of Israel – With representatives of potential coalition partners still hashing out the composition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s next Cabinet, some younger Likud Knesset members who ranked high in the party’s primaries are demanding a seat at the table in place of the older, less-popular MKs whom Netanyahu prefers at his side.
One member of the young guard who feels she should be up for promotion is MK Tzipi Hotovely, who ranked tenth in the November 2012 primaries. Hotovely, 34, railed against Netanyahu’s reported intention to reserve a ministerial seat in the next government for Limor Livnat, a Likud old-timer and the current culture and sports minister. Livnat ranked 18 in the primaries, behind Hotovely and MK Miri Regev (No. 15) among the Likud’s female MKs, and near the bottom of the list of 20 Likud MKs who got into Knesset on the joint slate with Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party.