Gideon Sa'ar
Gideon Sa'ar Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90

MK Gideon Sa'ar, who was placed in the fifth spot in the Likud's Knesset slate, was not surprised that he remained an ordinary Knesset member and did not receive an offer to become a Cabinet minister in the newly-formed government.

Speaking in an interview on Channel 12 News on Saturday night, Sa'ar said, "Being a Knesset member is very respectable, there is even an educational side to it. I see people who came into the Knesset two and a half days ago, and they already have to be deputy ministers and ministers.”

"I would certainly be happy to be a minister in a serious ministry, I think I could have made a significant contribution, and the general public as well as the Likud public would have been very supportive, but the Prime Minister made his decision. I was not surprised - I once learned from another Prime Minister that I worked with, Sharon, a very poignant phrase: ‘When there are no expectations, there are no disappointments.’"

Sa'ar explained why he had not accepted the Prime Minister's proposal to be appointed an ambassador. "Two weeks ago, I received a very respectful offer to take on diplomatic positions. Later I saw that my friend Gilad Erdan accepted this offer. I think he can meet this challenge, I wish him success. When I received this offer, I thought that I was not sent by the members of the Likud to fulfill a diplomatic role in a foreign country.”

"I was sent to the Israeli Knesset, I was placed at the top of the Likud slate, and the intention of the voters was for me to represent them here - and that is what I will do. When you go into politics, you don't come in with preconditions.”

Sa'ar expressed hope that Yamina would enter the government and criticized the size of the government, saying, "In the middle of this economic crisis – we need a government that is not the largest in Israeli history, because there is a public suffering outside and ultimately the credit the public gives to the government is also affected by this matter."

He pointed an accusing finger at Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, saying, "He wanted an equitable representation of 19 MKs against 58, and that's what inflated the government. I would rather have seen a leaner government."

Sa'ar commented on US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, claiming it could not be fully supported: "The Prime Minister has also not expressed support for the plan as it was laid out. He said he is willing to negotiate. I do not accept a Palestinian state, do not accept the handing over of huge territories in the Negev, do not accept isolated communities in the heart of the land, do not accept that most of Judea and Samaria will be a Palestinian state."

"I trust Netanyahu, who has a big role in curbing the Oslo route, that he will not go to Gantz's track," Sa'ar added. "He has a historic opportunity to apply sovereignty, but my job is to make sure that there are no Israeli commitments to the vision and practical steps that will create dangerous facts on the ground. I am against a Palestinian state, even if it is proposed by a huge friend of Israel, I still think an Arab state in Israel is a danger to the State of Israel."