Proposal to cancel primaries irks Likud

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The suggestion was interpreted as an attempt by Netanyahu to achieve a tighter grip over his party and have some close associates, such as Lieberman, chosen as Knesset candidates.

Some senior activists charged that Netanyahu was seeking to establish authoritarian rule over the party.

After the brouhaha erupted, Netanyahu said he had not yet made up his mind about the proposal, adding that he would do so before the Likud convention scheduled for next month.