Sa'ar in talks to form rotation government with Netanyahu

New Hope chairman walks back pledge to never sit in a Netanyahu-led government following Hamas rocket barrages.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Gideon Sa'ar
Gideon Sa'ar
Hezki Baruch

New Hope party chairman Gideon Sa'ar said in closed-door talks that he was considering forming a rotation government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Sa'ar serving as prime minister first.

Contacts between Sa'ar and Netanyahu are taking place through intermediaries and not directly, and the pace has accelerated after Naftali Bennett announced that he was withdrawing from efforts to form a 'change' government and resuming negotiations with Netanyahu.

Sa'ar has until now refused to even consider sitting in a government in which Netanyahu would be prime minister. "I will fulfill my commitment to the electorate. I will not join the Netanyahu-led government or support it," he said on March 31. "The continued tenure of Netanyahu, who prefers his personal good to the good of the state, harms Israel."

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid still has 15 days to form a government, but the odds of his success have lessened following the wave of rocket barrages from Gaza, which compelled Bennett to seek to seek to form a government with Netanyahu again.