PM & FM announced united Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu majority
Strategic move meant to ensure Netanyahu will form upcoming gov’t
By Yuval Karni
Dramatic development: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have met to convene a special press conference on Thursday evening in which they declared that they have negotiated to unite the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu under one ticket ahead of the upcoming elections.
The dramatic decision was made after secret negotiations between the two men with senior officials from both parties left out of the loop.
The move was aimed at creating the largest list in the Knesset elections thus guaranteeing that Netanyahu will form the next government.
The Likud Central Committee is set to convene on Tuesday to ratify the agreement.
It is estimated that many Likud ministers and Knesset members will oppose the move.
Netanyahu had apparently feared that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s return to the fold would threaten the Likud’s chances of winning the elections.
Having reached an agreement with Lieberman, Netanyahu conferred to several Likud officials on Thursday afternoon including Moshe Kahlon who has recently announced he was quitting politics.
Yuval Karni is a Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth correspondent
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