Sa'ar: Netanyahu doesn't need to resign

Former Likud Minister says Netanyahu's fate must be determined by a court and not by the media.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Sa'ar and Netanyahu
Sa'ar and Netanyahu
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Former Likud Minister Gideon Sa'ar opined on Sunday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not need to resign, despite the investigations against him.

“In early 1999, Binyamin Netanyahu appointed me as secretary of the government. Since then, for many years, I have gone a long way alongside him - as a minister in the governments he headed and also in the benches of the opposition, out of closeness and cooperation for the sake of the state,” wrote Sa’ar.

“Sometimes we had our differences. They did not change the most important fact - that we share a common path that is important for the future of our people,” he continued.

“Therefore, it is not easy as a Likud member, as a citizen of the state and as a partner [of Netanyahu’s], to hear the news in recent days. I hope and wish even now that the Prime Minister will find his way out of this.”

“Menachem Begin, of blessed memory, said that the obvious must also be said. The obvious is that the guilt or innocence of a person is clarified and determined only in court. Not in television studios or in newspaper headlines. The Prime Minister serves by virtue of the trust of the Knesset that was elected by the people,” stressed Sa’ar.

“There is no reason for the Prime Minister to resign, and it also would not be right for him to do so. I cannot conclude without saying in the clearest possible way: Our responsibility is to refrain from attacking the law enforcement systems that do their job,” he concluded.

Sa'ar unexpectedly announced he was leaving politics before the last election, citing personal reasons. He later considered contending for the leadership of the Likud party, but ultimately announced he would not do so and said he would be running with the Likud.

Earlier on Sunday, a poll published by Channel 10 found that Sa’ar would be the most likely candidate to replace Netanyahu as the standard-bearer of the Likud.

Sa’ar was favored by 23% of the general public, and was followed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) with 11%, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) with 9%, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) with 6%, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) with 5%, and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) with 4%.