Analysis: The rise of Danny Danon – from little pisher to the Big Apple

Throughout his political career, Science, Technology and Space Minister Danny Danon surprised friend and foe with his chutzpah.

When he first ran for leader of Likud in 2007, veteran Likud activists asked who is this “little pisher” Danon who dared challenge Benjamin Netanyahu? He only got 3.7 percent of the vote, but after that a lot more people knew who Danon was.

The year before, in 2006, Danon ran and beat Netanyahu’s closest political ally, Yuval Steinitz, in a race for head of World Likud.


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