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Gideon Sa’ar Already Lost to Netanyahu Once. Why Does He Think His New Party Could Change That?

The longtime Likudnik’s split from the party isn't a 'political earthquake,' but his departure attests to the changing political landscape on the Israeli right

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

Gideon Sa’ar’s announcement Tuesday that he’s leaving Likud and forming a new right-wing party, dedicated to ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule, is hardly the “political earthquake” some Israeli newspapers would have you believe. If there’s one thing you can rely on in Likud politics over the past two and a half decades, it’s that there’s no room in the party for anyone with a personal standing independent of Netanyahu’s.

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