Former science minister Benny Begin formally returned to politics after 10 years on Tuesday.
"If there is a different politics, it's Benny Begin," Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said at a press conference. "When I heard that he wanted to return to the Likud, nothing could have made me happier. Even parties criticizing me today wish they had him. He symbolizes the integrity everyone wishes they could aspire to at every level."
"In the last three days, I have received a warm welcome," said Begin. "I have thanked everyone who supported me, especially political rivals who welcomed me, even a few months before the elections. Perhaps it's a sign that in this difficult time, we can have civil, fundamental arguments."
Begin and Netanyahu had a stormy relationship in the past, but "people can overcome their differences," Begin said. "I saw that the media has taken clips from the attic that were irrelevant. In the last 10 years, Bibi has matured by 10 years, and I have gotten 10 years older."
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