Avigdor Liberman ready to sit with Labor-Gesher-Meretz

In past elections, Liberman had ruled out Meretz and said its leaders belonged in the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman revealed on Thursday that he would be willing to be part of a coalition with Labor-Gesher-Meretz.
In past elections, Liberman had ruled out Meretz and said its leaders belonged in the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah. But he changed his mind now that Meretz is running together with Labor.
"I sat [in a government] with Amir Peretz before, and we got along, and Orly Levy-Abecassis grew up in Yisrael Beytenu," Liberman told Army Radio.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by attacking Liberman on Twitter, asking "is there anyone who still doubts that Liberman will join a coalition with [Blue and White leader Benny] Gantz and the Left - and for that dragged us to elections three times?"
Liberman responded with a long list of steps Netanyahu has taken to harm the Right throughout his career. 
"Before preaching to everyone, he should be reminded that he is the one who gave Hebron to [then-Palestinian leader Yasser] Arafat," Liberman said.

Liberman blasted Yamina leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, who he said were doing everything possible to return to their former bond with Blue and White MK Yair Lapid.
Yamina responded that Bennett said clearly on Wednesday that he would only join a right-wing government and that as defense minister, Bennett has accomplished more in two months than Liberman did in the role in two years. 
United Torah Judaism leader Yaakov Litzman told Army Radio that he would not sit in a coalition with Liberman and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing bloc would remain together.
"Read my lips: The Right bloc will not break up," Litzman said.
Shas chairman Arye Deri said that Liberman’s comments “confirmed my claim that he has come to an agreement with Gantz to establish a government with Meretz and the Joint List of Arab parties,” and described Liberman’s strategy as “personal and ideological bankruptcy.” 
Said Deri “After Liberman twice toppled a right wing government he now intends to form a government with the anti-Jewish, anti-tradition left. Only a strong Shas will stop them and guarantee that a right-wing government protects the Jewish character of the state.”