Likud Minister Eitan calls for secret ballot vote on merger

Likud Minister Michael Eitan on Friday expressed his opposition to the merger of the party with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu, and called on faction members to sign a petition for a secret ballot to vote democratically on the union during Monday's Likud convention.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Liberman announced that Likud and Yisrael Beytenu would be running on a joint party list in the January 22 national election for the 19th Knesset. The move is scheduled to be approved at the Likud convention.
Eitan, who voiced his opposition to the move immediately after it was announced on Thursday, wrote Friday on his Facebook page that "the goal is to convince those at the convention and Netanyahu that the union with Liberman is a mistake that will hurt the Likud and fail to bring the promised results."
The Likud minister proposed that party members sign the petition for a secret ballot on the merger in order to "ensure that this decision is made in a democratic manner."