Liberman: Public voted for a deep, dramatic change

January 23, 2013 17:54


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Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday  responded to the election results, saying that the Israeli public had voted for a "dramatic change" in the country.

Speaking at a press conference, Liberman said: "The public is asking for a dramatic, not cosmetic change in Israel's internal agenda," including the burden of army service and lowering housing costs.

The Yisrael Beytenu leader warned that "we can't get everything," commenting that parties who can see themselves uniting as partners with Likud Beytenu must decide based on the factors that unite them.

"There are some parties we agree with on some issues but not others," Liberman said, but stressed that the public had voted for a "deep change" inside Israel, meaning that parties must compromise with a wide coalition.

The former foreign minister said that this means parties putting aside their differences, stating: "A wide coalition means not talking about portfolios but the national agenda."

Regarding the future leader of the coalition, Liberman said it's "clear to everyone" that Prime Minsiter Binyamin Netanyahu will remain prime minister.

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