Gideon Sa'ar
Gideon Sa'ar Hezki Baruch

Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar, chairman of the New Hope Party, spoke on Tuesday evening with party activists and stressed to them that New Hope is not disbanding or merging with another party, following the agreement on a joint run with Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party.

"This is not a merger of parties, only a union ahead of the election. The agreement between me and Gantz allows, in principle, to add people or other parties by a mutual agreement," Sa'ar said.

He also responded to the activists' complaints about the exclusion of Yoaz Hendel from the Blue and White-New Hope slate for the next Knesset.

"I fulfilled all the commitments I made to my friends from Derech Eretz (the party of Hendel and Zvi Hauser -ed.), I even fought to get Hendel the Communications Ministry," said Sa'ar.

"I asked to unite the two parties into one party, Derech Eretz made a legitimate decision to remain independent. Now that I have made the agreement with Blue and White, then it is an agreement between Blue and White and New Hope. There is no reason to come to us under any circumstances with any complaints," he added.