MK Elazar Stern
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Former Hatnua MK Elazar Stern is considering joining Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party, sources close to Stern told Arutz Sheva Tuesday, after leaving Hatnua over its shift leftward Saturday night. 

Stern's confidantes stated that "there is much in common between Stern and Avigdor Liberman's party, especially when it comes to religion and state."

Stern's office said that "The Yisrael Beytenu party is one in which Stern could fit in and have influence," but did not explicitly confirm whether Stern is conducting talks with Liberman. 

In his resignation letter, Stern stated that he objected to Livni's pact with Labor - not only regarding the fact that Hatnua, which identified as Center-Left, signed to a joint list with a leftist party, but also "the way it was done and the conditions under which it was accomplished (too high a price for the rotation you achieved and other issues that it is not the time now to enumerate)."

Stern also cited reservations he has held along with former Hatnua MK David Tzur, who announced his own resignation Tuesday. Tzur's remarks indicate that he may leave politics entirely, but this has yet to be confirmed. 

A move to Yisrael Beytenu could prove less than advantageous for Stern's potential place in the Knesset, however, as recent polls indicate that Yisrael Beytenu stands to gain just seven Knesset seats - a far cry from Labor-Hatnua's projected 23. 

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