Cool Tel Avivian or Pro-settler Nationalist? Netanyahu Could Be Ousted by This Man

Gideon Sa'ar was an outsider far to the right of Likud, but he went on to help Netanyahu transform the party from a beaten shell of itself to a fighting parliamentary machine. Now he's back to try to take over the party

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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This article was originally published on December 25, 2019 when Gideon Sa'ar challenged Netanyahu for the leadership of the Likud party. On December 8, 2020, Sa'ar quit the Likud to start a new party, vowing to unseat Netanyahu.

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Last Wednesday, Geula Cohen was laid to rest on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The former Knesset member and matriarch of the Israeli right wing had died just a week short of her 94th birthday. President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both attended and eulogized her, as did her son, Likud minister Tzachi Hanegbi.