Netanyahu's Top Rival Hires anti-Trump Lincoln Project Campaign Founders

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Gideon Sa'ar during a visit to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem on December 16, 2020.
Gideon Sa'ar during a visit to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem on December 16, 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Israel's top rival to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is getting some American help ahead of the March 23 elections.

Gideon Sa'ar, a onetime Netanyahu protege, has hired four of the founders of the Lincoln Project, which ran a relentless campaign to help defeat U.S. President Donald Trump. The hiring was first reported by Israel's Channel 12 TV and confirmed by a member of Sa'ar's campaign. The campaign official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing internal strategy.

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Lincoln Project founders Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson, Stuart Stevens and Reed Galen were among the leaders of the effort to draw Republicans from Trump's reelection effort centered on the president's ethics and moral leadership. The Lincoln Project's stated mission is to hold public leaders “accountable.”

That's similar to Sa'ar's message as the head of the New Hope party, the faction he founded when he broke away from Likud. He accuses Netanyahu of turning the Likud into a tool for personal survival at a time when he is on trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust

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