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"Our way is not one of [media] 'spins,' nor of maneuvering," Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said of his party at a Likud assembly at the home of MK Yisrael Katz in Kfar Ahim, relating to comments made earlier by sources close to Labor Chairman Amir Peretz regarding Israel Beiteinu's negotiations to join the coalition.
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In his speech at the annual holiday gathering, Netanyahu also called on former Likud members to return to the party.
"This is the moment to include those who left. The task before all of us is to rebuild the Likud and bring it back to leading the country."
Addressing the post-war security situation in the country, Netanyahu said, "there was disagreement over whether the Likud was the right way. They did an experiment - and the results are in front of us."
Katz, who also spoke at the event, addressed Israel Beiteinu, advising the party not to join Olmert's government, which he called a "sinking ship."
Katz came down hard on Kadima, saying the party "was elected on Sharon's merit.
"Many have ridden on Sharon's shoulders, and that's how they got to positions they would not have reached any other way," he said. "The prime minister, the finance minister, the foreign minister, and the defense minister would not be in their [present] jobs if Sharon had not broken up the Likud.
"But during the war in Lebanon, it became clear that they were in over their heads. They couldn't lead the country - they were elected in a solely technical fashion," he declared.