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Likud said to offer to back Sa’ar for president in bid to get Knesset majority

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Likud officials have offered to back New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar for the soon-to-be-vacant position of president in the hopes of pulling lawmakers from the right-wing party into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing religious bloc, Israeli television reported Monday.

Netanyahu is currently tasked with forming a government after receiving the most endorsements to be premier following the March 23 elections. He is short of a majority, however, and has no clear path to assembling a ruling coalition, nor does the bloc of parties opposed to his continued rule.

Sa’ar, a former Likud minister, has so far rebuffed Netanyahu’s appeals to junk New Hope’s campaign pledge to not join in a government led by the incumbent prime minister.

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According to Channel 12 news, if Sa’ar were to accept the offer, the hope in Likud was that New Hope would break apart, with some of the party’s MKs moving back to Netanyahu. But Sa’ar rejected the offer.

Likud denied the report and said no such offer was ever made.

The presidency is a largely ceremonial post chosen by members of Knesset. Current President........

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