Yisrael Beiteinu

Published 2nd January, 2013

Yisrael Beiteinu or Israel Our Home was founded in 1999 by Avigdor Lieberman as a platform for Russian immigrants into Israel. It is a nationalist party as well as being secular and believes in Economic Liberalism whilst supporting the interests of Russian speakers; it believes in the two state solution.

In the 1999 general election, the new party won four seats in the 120 seat Knesset and in 2003 they increased their representation to seven seats in an alliance with the National Union. The alliance joined the coalition government formed by Ariel Sharon, but the party left the government in 2004 in disagreement over the unilateral disengagement plan.

In 2006, once more on their own, the party won 11 seats and in October of that year it joined the coalition government of Ehud Olmert, but left in 2008 in protest against talks with the Palestinian National Authority.

In 2009 the party had its greatest success to date; winning 15 seats in the 120 seat Knesset and went on to form a close partnership in the Likud led coalition government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On 25th October 2012 Avigdor Lieberman and Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Yisrael Beiteinu and Likud would run a joint list in the 22nd January 2013 general election. On 15th December 2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that he would resign his position pending an incitement against him for fraud and breach of public trust. He is hoping to clear his name in time for the 2013 election.

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