When I was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, I drove with a friend from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to meet former Likud Knesset Member Gideon Sa’ar, a couple of years before his return in 2017 after a time-out from politics. He opened the door to his modest apartment barefoot, introduced me to his TV news anchor wife, Geula Even, and we chatted for a couple of hours in their living room.
It was an off-the-record conversation, but I can tell you that even then, Sa’ar believed he could replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His apparent modesty and straight talk were reminiscent of his Likud mentor, Menachem Begin, whose son, Benny Begin, recently joined his new party. Does Sa’ar have a chance of being Israel’s prime minister? Perhaps, but it might just depend on Naftali Bennett.