Sa’ar re­turns to pol­i­tics

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

FOR­MER LIKUD min­is­ter Gideon Sa’ar has re-launched his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

The for­mer in­te­rior min­is­ter an­nounced his come­back on Mon­day evening at a pre-Passover Likud event in the north­ern city of Acre.

Mr Sa’ar, widely seen as a ma­jor chal­lenger to Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, re­signed from the Knes­set in Oc­to­ber 2014, say­ing he wanted to spend more time with his fam­ily.

He has a strong fol­low­ing among Likud vot­ers and is seen as favour­ing a “mod­er­ate” ver­sion of the party; hawk­ish on se­cu­rity, but lib­eral on so­cial is­sues. His come­back is seen as an at­tempt to make him­self rel­e­vant again ahead of a sce­nario in which Mr Ne­tanyahu is forced to re­sign.

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