The agreement that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made last October for his
Likud to work together with MK Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu could come to
an end after only a year, Liberman indicated Sunday night at a pre-Rosh Hashana
toast for activists in his party.
The deal helped Netanyahu remain in
power following the January general election. But activists in both parties were
frustrated, because they believe that both Likud and Yisrael Beytenu would have
won more seats on their own.
“In November, after the [October 22]
municipal elections, we will need to convene and decide on our partnership with
the Likud,” Liberman said.
“We cannot stall and stutter on this issue
anymore, because it harms both parties.”
The decision is expected to be
impacted by the verdict in Liberman’s corruption trial, which is expected in
October. All indications are that both parties would reject a merger.
the heads of Likud institutions oppose a merger with Yisrael Beytenu, which
would have to pass the Likud central committee.
“They can join the Likud,
but there won’t be a deal in which they receive a percentage of the membership
in our institutions,” the head of the central committee, Deputy Defense Minister
Danny Danon said Monday.
Comments by Danon at a rally last week in which
he warned Netanyahu not to relinquish land in an interim agreement with the
Palestinians were highlighted Monday night by Channel 2.
In a tape of
Danon’s speech at a pre-Rosh Hashana toast in Kiryat Netafim in Samaria that was
broadcast, he said “someone who advances such an agreement – his place is not in
Danon said following the broadcast that his views were clear and
not new and were known by Netanyahu.
“The prime minister has said he
opposes interim agreements, so let’s hope we don’t get there,” Danon said.