Netanyahu’s clandestine trip to hospital fuels talk of succession

The Zionist Union submitted a bill Monday night that would require Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appoint a vice prime minister so it would be clear who would replace him if he is unable to function.

Netanyahu gave Interior Minister Silvan Shalom the title of vice premier, which has no legal significance. He declined requests by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Transportation Minister Israel Katz for the title of vice prime minister that would make them prime minister if Netanyahu would be incapacitated.

Zionist Union faction head Merav Michaeli submitted the bill following a report on Channel 2 that Netanyahu recently underwent two medical procedures in which he was put to sleep. Michaeli submitted a similar bill in the previous Knesset.


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