Likud said ‘shocked’ at loss of 300,000 votes, blaming MK Shlomo Karhi

Many in the ruling Likud party are reportedly “shocked” at the election results, which give it 300,000 votes and 6 seats less than in the previous election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said angry at MK Shlomo Karhi, the deputy chairman of the party’s election committee.

Likud MK Shlomo Karhi at a Knesset committee meeting on January 13, 2020. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Kan public broadcaster reports that many Likud MK and ministers have been criticizing Karhi since Tuesday’s vote, and that Netanyahu has told him: “You didn’t deliver.” Karhi was in charge of the party’s representatives at polling stations.

Karhi comments that he has received “full backing” from Netanyahu and says those criticizing him are “jealous” and “dreaming dreams that never happened.”