Yossi Cohen (R) and Benjamin Netanyahu (L)

Chief of Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen may succeed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of the Likud party

Iran Press/MiddleEast: Chief of Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, is preparing to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of the Likud party, Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported on Friday.

After the election which led to disappointing results for Netanyahu and his Likud party, it seems the countdown has already commenced for Netanyahu to step down as the head of the party. Also, Cohen mentioned that he had started to receive calls asking whether he intended to accept a position as Netanyahu's successor. 

Cohen has said: "I am naturally attracted to leadership in politics, diplomacy and strategic issues. This might push me to think of something like this [leading Likud].”

Cohen’s term as Mossad leader ends in 2020, and he has disclosed that he would consider this option after completing his term, noting that he has received thousands of positive recommendations after publicizing the issue of succeeding Netanyahu.

In the past, Netanyahu has hinted that Yossi Cohen might be a replacement for him, among other figures within the Likud party. 101/211/219

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