Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday appealed to Likud Central
Committee members ahead of Monday's vote on the joint Likud-Yisrael
Beytenu list, as Government Services Minister Michael Eitan worked to
stop the merger.
In a pre-recorded message sent to the committee members,
Netanyahu said the proposed venture "leaves Likud as an independent
party that will continue in its path protecting Israeli security, the
Land of Israel and Jewish tradition."
"Running together on one
slip of paper will ensure the Likud continues to powerfully lead the
State of Israel," he added. "Let's vote in favor, because the State of
Israel needs a strong Likud."