Bennett lashes Sa’ar’s new right-wing party over focus on removing Netanyahu

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett comes out against Gideon Sa’ar’s new right-wing party.

Israel’s “political system and media has a crazy obsession of ‘yes Bibi’ or ‘no Bibi,'” says Bennett, using Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nickname. “You don’t build parties based solely on ‘only Bibi’ or ‘Just not Bibi.'”

His comment comes after Sa’ar quits Likud and the Knesset to form a new party, New Hope, which will be competing with Bennett for right-wing votes if early elections are held. Both Bennett and Sa’ar say they’re running for prime minister.

Gideon Sa’ar (R) and Naftali Bennett seen during an assembly session in the plenum hall at the Knesset on February 24, 2014 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

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