Netanyahu Forms Coalition with Right-wing Yisrael Beitenu Party

World | March 16, 2009, Monday // 11:00|  views

Israel’s Prime Minister designate, Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party have signed overnight a coalition agreement with the right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party.

Thus, the leader of Yisrael Beitenu, Avigdor Lieberman, is going to be Israel’s next Foreign Minister, if the party’s deal with Likud materializes, BGNES news agency reported.


Yisrael Beitenu and the rhetoric of its hardline leader Lieberman are often described as far-right or ultra nationalist, and might complicated the plans of the US Administration of President Barack Obama for a two-state solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


The coalition agreement provides for four ministries for Yisrael Beitenu in the new cabinet including the Ministry of Internal Security.


During the February 2009 Parliamentary elections in Israel, Yisrael Beitenu came in third after Likud and Kadima, winning 15 seats in the Knesset.


Avigdor Lieberman was born in 1958 in Moldova’s capital Chisinau. His family emigrated to Israel in 1978.


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Tags: Netanyahu, Israel, coalition, right-wing, Yisrael Beitenu, Palestinian-Israeli conflict


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