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Former Likud MK Benny Begin, son of late PM, joins Sa’ar’s New Hope

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Former Likud lawmaker and cabinet minister Benny Begin, son of the party’s iconic founder and former prime minister Menachem Begin, announced on Thursday that he was joining Gideon Sa’ar’s rival New Hope party ahead of the March elections.

Begin, who served 18 combined years as a Likud MK and was long considered a close confidant and ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced in 2019 he would not vote for the party his father founded over his concerns about the premier’s ethics and the party’s inflammatory rhetoric.

“In recent years and especially in the last year, we have witnessed a strange and dangerous phenomenon. And it is from the government, of all places, that nasty, crude attacks are coming out against the central government institutions in the State of Israel, our state institutions,” Begin said in his Thursday statement. “This phenomenon needs to be stopped. The way to stop it is by replacing the government.”

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Sa’ar welcomed the veteran former lawmaker to the party, saying he would bring valuable expertise to the slate. Then Likud MK Benny Begin during a Knesset........

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