The Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz considers running for the Likud Primaries if the Israeli Prime Minister, chair of the party Ariel Sharon resigns or decides not to run.

Mofaz made his decision after consulting with many of his aides, who began raising funds for his campaign from businessmen and reserve generals in the army.

On Monday, the internal Likud court will discuss the request by Sharon’s opponents to hold an urgent meeting for the party’s central committee to set a date for the primary elections, Israeli sources said on Monday.

Led by the former Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who resigned from the government recently, Sharon’s opponents demand that the Party dismiss Sharon from the Party’s chairmanship for implementing the disengagement plan, the source added.

The opponents submitted a letter to the Interior Minster Tazahi Hanegbi, signed by several politicians asking for Sharon’s dismissal.  Sharon’s supporters claim the signatures were forged.  However, the opposition claims that Sharon’s son, Omri Sharon, pressed the signatories to rescind their signatures.