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MK Benny Begin, 79, says he will not run for next Knesset

New Hope MK Benny Begin leads a Knesset committee meeting on December 19, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
New Hope MK Benny Begin leads a Knesset committee meeting on December 19, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Benny Begin, currently an MK with the New Hope party, announces that he will be retiring from politics and not running in the November 1 election.

Begin, 79, the son of former prime minister Menachem Begin, began his political career with Likud in 1988 and later served as a minister.

But last year he defected from his longtime political home in opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu, and joined Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party.

Begin tells Sa’ar that he will continue to support and campaign for the party, which recently joined forces with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White.

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