Sa'ar, Bennett oppose US consulate in Jerusalem for Palestinians


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Sa'ar, Bennett oppose US consulate in Jerusalem for Palestinians
Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar is willing to cooperate with the Likud if Benjamin Netanyahu is defeated in primaries.
OCTOBER 12, 2021

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar said that he strongly opposes a US consulate being opened in east Jerusalem that will exclusively serve Palestinians, in a conversation with Editor-in-Chief Yaakov Katz at the Jerusalem Post Conference on Tuesday. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is on the same page, Sa'ar added. The justice minister also discussed two news bills that will come up to be voted on by the current government in the near future, which could prevent opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu from running for prime minister again.

These are not personal against Netanyahu, Sa'ar said, but are targeted at ending the growing problematic idea that only an indicted person can be prime minister, he said. Sa’ar said, “mayors cannot continue with an indictment; ministers cannot continue with an indictment… so there is a crucial question whether this is the new ideology that [only] a prime minister” can take office if he has an indictment, like Netanyahu. “I believe the opposition to this bill is personal, and the motivation for this kind of legislation is to bring the right values and norms to our public life,” said the justice minister in criticizing the Likud’s sticking to Netanyahu as their sole candidate for prime minister.