Israelis are thirsty for leadership, says Sa’ar

Former interior minister Gideon Sa’ar called for Israel to have better leadership at an Israel Democracy Institute event memorializing slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on Tuesday, in what was interpreted as an attack on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sa’ar, who was Netanyahu’s No. 2 in the Likud for many years, took a break from politics in September 2014 after sparring with the prime minister. He is expected to make a political comeback at some point in the future.

“We are sick of words,” Sa’ar said at the event. “We need leadership that can take initiative and that is not satisfied with simply responding to incidents. Israel needs leadership that knows its role is to serve the people and not the opposite, leadership that is ready to pay a price for a path that it believes in and will lead.”


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