Nir Barkat, an influential Likud member. former mayor of Jerusalem, reacted to Gidon Saar’s proposal to form a government with the Likud – but without Netanyahu.
Barkat stated: “Gidon I thought you had the same respect for democracy as I do. You lost the election, accept the democratic results, the Likud has only one elected chairman, and trying to split us up won’t help anyone. I call on you and Naftali Bennett to put aside personal considerations and allow the formation of a right-wing government headed by Netanyahu.