Israel has been a leader among Western countries because of the fundamental partnership between Yisrael Beytenu and Likud, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday at a press conference with Russian media in Jerusalem.
"The connection with [Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor] Lieberman goes back years. We share the same beliefs in the way we deal with challenges," Netanyahu said of the union between Likud and Yisrael Beytenu.
He added, "Israel has been a leader among Western countries, including in economic terms. How did we manage to do this? Because there was a fundamental partnership between Yisrael Beytenu and Likud. This is the reason that we decided to officially team up now. In terms of security and the economy and the advancement of other reforms — this necessitates a union of parties."
"We are talking about collaboration on the highest level. We are combining our forces together to give security and hope based on strength and experience, and this union is a winning formula," the prime minister said.
Lieberman echoed the prime minister's comments, saying, "Without our agreement to share the premiership, all of the government's potential achievements could not happen. We represent more Knesset members and ministers from the former USSR. We have proven ourselves"
"The common denominator between us and the Likud is based on Jabotinsky's legacy. In the leftist camp, there is no common denominator. What do Tzipi Livni and Yachimovich have in common?" Lieberman said.