Who are the potential successors?
Opinion polls suggest that Yair Lapid (above), head of the centrist Yesh Atid opposition party, is the strongest candidate to succeed Netanyahu if he is forced out. But other candidates could enter the race, which would shift the balance.
Within Netanyahu’s Likud party, a number of members of his cabinet are vying to succeed him, including public security minister Gilad Erdan, intelligence minister Israel Katz and former education minister Gideon Saar. None has shown strong signs of planning to depart significantly from Netanyahu’s hawkish policies.
Outside Netanyahu’s party, defence minister Avigdor Lieberman and education minister Naftali Bennett are possible candidates. Both head far-right parties in Netanyahu’s governing coalition.
The last election was in 2015, and Netanyahu will become Israel’s longest-serving leader if he serves the full four years until elections are next due in November 2019.