Outgoing Likud No. 2 Sa'ar says rift with Netanyahu contributed to decision to quit politics

September 19, 2014 20:04


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Outgoing Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s soured relationship with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu contributed to his surprise resignation this week, the former confirmed in interviews with Israeli television on Friday.

Sa’ar, who was seen in Israeli political circles as the eventual heir apparent to Netanyahu within the Likud, told both Channel 2 and Channel 10 that the two men have not been on speaking terms in the past few months.

According to Channel 2, Netanyahu was enraged by Sa’ar’s refusal to back his controversial proposal to postpone the date of presidential elections, which were held earlier this summer.

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