Rebel Likud MK Shasha-Biton says she’s joining Gideon Sa’ar’s new party

MK Yifat Shasha-Biton becomes the first member of the ruling Likud party to defect to Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party, which was announced recently by the prominent Netanyahu rival.

Shasha-Biton has in recent months gone against her party’s leadership and thwarted and criticized many decision on coronavirus restrictions as the head of the Knesset’s Coronavirus Committee, enraging the prime minister and his allies.

She was widely speculated to be considering joining Sa’ar, whose fledgling party is predicted to become a major force after the next elections, which will likely be called over the next week.