Who are the po­ten­tial suc­ces­sors?

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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.

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