Gideon Sa’ar rejects proposal to let Netanyahu form temporary government

New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar declined an offer from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political bloc on Thursday to allow Netanyahu to form a temporary government.

According to the proposal, which was first reported by KAN Radio correspondent Knesset Ze’ev Kam, Netanyahu’s mandate would be defined for a predetermined period of time and all parties in the bloc would agree never to join a government again. led by him.

Bills would be approved setting mandate limits for the prime minister, and parties would tell Netanyahu that it would be their only option to remain in power. Sa’ar would receive credit for ending Netanyahu’s political career.

Sa’ar rejected the idea, saying that his party’s opinion against joining a government led by Netanyahu was clear, regardless of how the question was asked.

One of his party’s MKs went further, sending smiley emojis in response to the proposal and comparing it to what Blue and White leader Benny Gantz accepted last year.

“This is the kind of solution that Gantz likes,” said MK. “He can tell you what happens next [such a deal is signed]. “

Netanyahu has until May 4 to form a government under the mandate given to him by President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday. To that end, he will meet on Thursday with the leader of Yamina, Naftali Bennett, and the head of the Religious Zionist Party, Bezalel Smotrich.

If Netanyahu fails, Rivlin will have to mandate Bennett or Yesh Atid’s leader, Yair Lapid, to form a government along with Sa’ar’s support.

“An egalitarian government with special agreements is what is needed,” Sa’ar said on Tuesday.