Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced pressure to build in Jerusalem Sunday from the two former interior ministers who have won the top slot behind him in the last three Likud primaries, Gideon Sa’ar and Gilad Erdan.
Sa’ar took a break from politics after hitting a glass ceiling under Netanyahu but stayed in Likud. Erdan decided not to enter the cabinet Thursday because Netanyahu did not accept his demand for the Foreign Ministry or the Interior and Public Security portfolios together.
Should the two popular former ministers join forces against Netanyahu, they could wreak havoc in the Likud’s institutions and present a formidable alternative to the prime minister from within his party. Sitting side-by-side at an event at a Jerusalem Day event at the Western Wall, Sa’ar and Erdan pushed Netanyahu from the Right.