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Netanyahu's Right Wing Rivals Could Band Together to Bring Him Down

Yossi Verter
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Gideon Sa’ar and Naftali Bennett have the same aim: to become the right wing's leader in the post-Netanyahu era. Sa’ar realized that his way was blocked in Likud, so he quit and established his New Hope party. He intends it to be Likud B, or the Real Likud, depending on who’s looking.

Eight years before him, Bennett reached a similar conclusion. As long the prime minister’s residence was home to Sara Netanyahu, the wall of fire or dragon at the castle's entrance, it wasn’t worth bothering. He tried his luck in various constellations and now remains with Yamina, which is his and his partner Ayelet Shaked’s long-cherished vision: an alternative to Likud.

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