Israel’s Elections and Future Trajectory

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Discussion with Gideon Saar, Former Interior and Education Minister, Leader of the New Hope Party.


As Israelis head to the polls for their fourth general elections in less than two years, the country is confronted with critical policy choices, such as how it will engage with the new Biden Administration in Washington, and how it leverages its newly established diplomatic relations with key Gulf and other Arab states.

And, just as significantly, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving leader, faces perhaps his toughest challenge to date as members of his own party led by Mr Gideon Saar have split away to form the New Hope Party.

Mr Saar joined us to discuss all these issues and outline his vision for the country. The event was chaired by Michael Stephens, RUSI Associate Fellow.

RUSI Members can watch the recording of the event below

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Speaker biography

Gideon Saar served as a member of the Knesset for the ruling Likud between 2003 and 2014, and was the Education Minister and afterwards the Minister of the Interior, from 2009 to 2014. After returning to parliament, he stood for the leadership of Likud in late 2019 and, when defeated in that ballot by Prime Minister Netanyahu, resigned his parliamentary seat to found the New Hope Party which will contest the general elections now scheduled for 23 March.


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