Knesset Speaker Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin wrote a letter Monday afternoon directed at the members of Likud in regards to the party's upcoming conference about the union of Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu.
"The Likud movement is the only one with conceptual depth, the historical roots and the practical power to lead the State of Israel, to redeem the land of Israel and to strengthen the settlements here," wrote Rivlin.
"I've never set limits in regards to those who want to join us. Today, the partnership between Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu contributes to the cancellation of the sectoral differences among immigrants from the Soviet Union and leads to their full integration into the Israeli experience. That is why I support this initiative."
"We will not give up our values. Partnerships require us to stick to our values even more. Likud must not lose its authentic and unique voice as a result of this partnership."