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Sa’ar says ‘running until the end’ to be PM despite New Hope’s slide in the polls

Gideon Sa'ar, head of the New Hope political party, speaks during a Channel 12 News conference in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Gideon Sa'ar, head of the New Hope political party, speaks during a Channel 12 News conference in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar downplays his right-wing party’s continued slide in the polls and says his “mission” is to prevent Prime Minister Netanyahu from securing a majority in Tuesday’s elections.

He insists to Channel 12 news that he is “running until the end” to be prime minister despite recent polls showing New Hope hovering around 10 seats.

Sa’ar rules out a coalition with the Joint List, saying he opposes governments that rely on “extremist elements,” and calls on Yamina party head Naftali Bennett to declare he won’t join a Netanyahu-led coalition.

He also asserts that Opposition Leader Yair Lapid is “unable to form a government.”

“We’ll all need to comprise” to form a government without Netanyahu, adds Sa’ar, a former Likud minister.

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