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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Netanyahu Backs Off

n TEL AVIV, Israel -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted his government would survive after he backed away from a plan to cancel Likud primaries that had sparked a rebellion in the governing party.


The Likud mutiny was provoked by last week's party convention where Netanyahu colleagues pushed through a plan to abolish primaries -- giving the power to pick Knesset candidates to a central committee stacked with Netanyahu loyalists.


Senior Likud officials feared they would be shunted aside as Netanyahu moves to sideline possible challengers.