Analysis: An embarrassing headache for Likud that Netanyahu didn’t need

The timing of the MK Oren Hazan (Likud) scandal could not be worse for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Less than a week before Sunday’s Likud central committee vote on whether to give itself the power to choose the party’s lists for future Knessets or to maintain the current, open primary system, which Netanyahu supports, Channel 2 reported that Likud’s 30th MK – who was elected in a primary – allegedly pimped out prostitutes and provided crystal meth to gamblers at a casino he ran in Bulgaria.

Senior Likud sources say the prime minister was caught completely by surprise when the reports emerged.


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