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New Hope MK Michal Shir, formerly of Likud, defects to Yesh Atid

New Hope MK Michal Shir speaks during a discussion and vote on 'Bereaved Siblings' bill at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on June 1, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
New Hope MK Michal Shir speaks during a discussion and vote on 'Bereaved Siblings' bill at the Knesset, in Jerusalem on June 1, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

New Hope MK Michal Shir, who formerly was a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, has announced she is joining Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s party.

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party announced a merger with Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White earlier this month.

“Today I am finishing a fascinating period with my friend Gideon Sa’ar,” Shir says in a statement.

“I had the privilege of being part of the dramatic political process that led to the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule,” she says. In December 2020 she left Likud to join New Hope.

“Today I join Prime Minister Yair Lapid and the Yesh Atid party, which is the main political force that stands as a wall against those who try to break us up from within,” she adds.

Israel will hold elections on November 1.

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