Joining Bennett, Sa’ar says Lapid won’t be prime minister


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Joining Bennett, Sa’ar says Lapid won’t be prime minister
Both right-wing party leaders say centrist Yesh Atid can still join potential coalition
By TOI staff
24 February 2021

New Hope party leader Gideon Sa’ar said Wednesday there would not be a government led by centrist Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid, hours after Yamina party chief Naftali Bennett said he’d never serve under Lapid. “The camp on the left is a small camp in the public and in the Knesset. Most people are right of center, so it’s not possible to have a government headed by Lapid. It’s just not possible politically. Everyone who understands the political system knows this,” Sa’ar said during a tour of communities in the south. “It’s just Netanyahu in his campaign videos creating an imaginary contest between himself and Lapid. Netanyahu knows the real contest is between him and myself,” Sa’ar said. His party is the third most popular right-wing party, after Netanyahu’s Likud and Lapid’s Yesh Atid, according to recent polling.