Sa’ar repeats he won’t join Netanyahu: ‘We want government of honesty, integrity’

In a live statement to the media, New Hope party chief Gideon Sa’ar states: “I said clearly during the election that whoever wants Netanyahu to stay should not vote for me… I said it very clearly, every day, all day… I repeat it again: We will not join or support a government led by Netanyahu.”

Sa’ar says he wants to “form a government of change that will reconnect our people. We want a government that brings back values of truth-telling, of honesty and integrity… Not a government that is enslaved to the tapestry of interests of Netanyahu’s trial.”

He adds: “It doesn’t matter what the pressures are and who is putting the pressure. Every single MK [of New Hope] has felt it well. It won’t change a thing. It won’t happen.”

He said allies of Netanyahu urge him to join to “prevent a fifth election.”

“We will do our best. But who has brought Israel to four elections, none of which he has achieved a majority in? I tell them: ‘Do the right thing: End Bibism before it ends Likud.”

Gideon Sa’ar, head of the New Hope political party, seen during an election campaign tour in Raanana, February 8, 2021. (Flash90)