Yisrael Beiteinu leave Likud Yisrael Beiteinu Alliance
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced yesterday that his Yisrael Beiteinu party was dissolving its alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.
The two parties, the right wing and nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu and the centre-right Likud, formed an alliance in 2012 and went on to stand jointly in the 22nd January 2013 general election. The alliance won 31 seats of which Likud won 20 seats and Yisrael Beiteinu won 11 seats in the 120 seat Knesset.
Although Liberman has made it clear that he will remain on as Foreign Minister and his party will remain part of the government, the decision does leave them free to disagree and possibly bring down the government at any time. The decision was taken following heated exchanges in Cabinet over the response to the kidnap and murder of three Israeli youths and the subsequent burning alive of a Palestinian youth.