Chairman Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael Beytenu party said, Tuesday morning, that Likud party Central Committee members supported union with his party, Monday, because they understood that the move will ensure victory for the national camp in the January Knesset elections and bring about government stability. Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, the foreign minister said that reports of opposition in the Likud ranks came from what journalists wanted and not from reality. He added that he would like to retain his portfolio if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu forms the next government.
Minister Yisrael Katz called Monday's Likud approval of the united Knesset ballot an achievement. He said the union was preferable to a coalition where every member party emphasizes its individual position.