Netanyahu faces off against rival Gideon Saar in Likud party leadership contest

Israel's embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu faces off a challenge from Gideon Saar for the Likud party leadership contest on Thursday.…

Israel’s embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu faces off a challenge from Gideon Saar for the Likud party leadership contest on Thursday. Sirens warning of rockets fired from Gaza forced the PM to cut short a rally Wednesday night, with the Israeli leader hustled off a stage by security forces.

Israel’s embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu faces off against longtime rival Gideon Saar in a Likud party leadership contest Thursday that could threaten his grip on power.

A defeat for Netanyahu, 70, would be a shock, but even a relatively close result could weaken his influence over the conservative party he has dominated for 20 years.

Whatever the result, “Netanyahu can only lose”, said Stephan Miller, a pollster who has worked on multiple Israeli campaigns.

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