Cohen has reportedly enjoyed a close relationship with the outgoing Israeli prime minister, apparently due to his significant role in the special operations aimed at undermining Iran’s influence in the region. According to the Israeli media, Netanyahu has himself called Cohen his possible successor in the party.
Members of Israel’s right-wing Likud Party prefer former spy agency chief Yossi Cohen to head the party if its current leader Benjamin Netanyahu decides to resign from the post, given that a new coalition government will soon assume power in the Jewish state, The Times of israel reported.
A Channel 12 news poll reportedly showed on Saturday that 27 percent of Likud respondents were in favor of Cohen, who was followed by ex-Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat with 16 percent. Next comes Israel’s ambassador to the US and the UN, Gilad Erdan, who has the support of 8 percent of the party, and Finance Minister israel Katz who stands at 5 percent.
This comes after a revealing interview with the ex-top spy, published earlier this week, in which he shared details on the Mossad operations against Iran in the region. In particular, Cohen hinted at Israel’s possible role in the recent Natanz plant accident and the assassination of Iranian top nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who the Israeli government believes was behind a special unit within the Iranian military allegedly working to develop a nuke.