Netanyahu Wins Likud Leadership in Landslide

Vows to run Israel again
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2007 4:44 AM CDT
Leader of Israel's right-wing Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the podium during a special session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament to discuss the Winograd Commission report in Jerusalem, Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu has swept re-election to the chairmanship of Israel's powerful right-wing Likud Party, boosting his intent to reclaim his position as head of Israel.  "The Likud's journey back to the prime minister's office has begun," he declared. Netanyahu, 57, grabbed 73% of the vote in early results, leaving radical Jewish settler Moshe Feiglin far behind in second place.

A self-described hawk, Netanyahu has recently tried to position himself in the middle of the political spectrum to gain further support. "Tomorrow we start working to topple the government and return to power," vowed a Likud member.