Coalition, Likud rivals gang up on Barkat


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Coalition, Likud rivals gang up on Barkat
A bill that is set to pass would limit billionaire MK Nir Barkat and his family to annual donations of 100,000
Published: DECEMBER 25, 2021

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition and many Likud MKs have found themselves on the same side of a political battle for the first time, uniting against a common enemy: Likud MK Nir Barkat. A Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post Group last week found that Barkat could bring the Likud many more seats than other potential successors to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, including MKs Yuli Edelstein, Israel Katz and Miri Regev. Barkat is expected to run for Likud leader if Netanyahu decides not to run.

In an effort to harm Barkat politically, the coalition is expected to endorse the so-called anti-Barkat bill at Monday's meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. The bill was sponsored by Likud MK David Amsalem, who has been the coalition's harshest critic and has had a personal feud with Barkat for nearly two decades. It has been endorsed by Israel Katz and other MKs in the party.