PM Netanyahu scored a great political victory at home tonight. A majority of members of the Likud Central Committee approved the Likud/Yisrael Beitenu merge.
"I have heard much talk about successors, but I intend to lead the state for many years to come," Prime Minister Netanyahu told the enthusiastic loud crowd..
"We vote today for a merger that won't alter the Likud but will change the State of Israel," Netanyahu said. "Joining forces will give us the strength to rule, to act, to change and to govern Israel with might. The Likud will remain an independent party, which will continue to protect Israel and maintain its legacy."
Video of Netanyahu's speech