TRANSPORTATION MINISTER YISRAEL KATZ said he is planning to run for the head of Likud and thus prime minister of Israel, but only after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finishes office. Katz said he would not run against Netanyahu in elections.
It was Katz’s popularity in right-wing Likud that probably spared him from getting fired by the prime minister.
After the transportation minister went back on an agreement with the religious coalition parties and ordered train workers to work on Shabbat, Netanyahu accused Katz of trying to sink the coalition.
Netanyahu publicly threatened to fire him, but failed to gather support for the motion. The prime minister ultimately brokered a deal between Katz and religious coalition parties that ended the crisis.
Still, Netanyahu and Katz continued to scuffle, most recently over the powers to allocate funds.
Now, the coalition faces a political crisis with the corruption probe of the prime minister, which could end with criminal charges against Netanyahu.