Photo Credit: Hadas Parush / Flash 90
Inside the Likud troops carrier: Gideon Sa'ar (R) with Miri Regev, Gilad Erdan (standing) and Ofir Akunis, September 18, 2019.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has announced that he is supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Likud primary leadership race this Thursday against his challenger, MK Gideon Sa’ar.

Speaking in a video statement, Erdan said, “As a member of the security cabinet, I am very familiar with the tremendous challenges we face … and therefore, after taking into account all the considerations, I’ve arrived at the conclusion Prime Minister Netanyahu is the person best suited to continue leading the Likud.”

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Erdan does not oppose the fact that Sa’ar has presented a challenge, however.

The minister maintains that such a race “maintains the democracy” within the party, and “strengthens” the Likud.

“Our true competition is on March 2 against the Left, and we must come to it united for a Likud victory,” he said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.