Avigdor Liberman Dumps Partnership With Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party

Foreign Minister Will Stay in Coalition Gov't

getty images

By JTA

Published July 07, 2014.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has dissolved the partnership between the political party that he heads, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Liberman made the announcement Monday, after days of disagreement between the two parties’ leaders over how to respond to the recent onslaught of rocket fire from Gaza.

The two parties ran together in the last general Knesset elections in 2013; they are permitted to separate once elected, however.

The separation means that the ruling Likud party now has 20 Knesset seats, one more than the centrist Yesh Atid Party, headed by Yair Lapid.

Liberman informed Netanyahu of his decision on Monday morning, a day after the two leaders publicly argued at the weekly Cabinet meeting.

During the meeting, Netanyahu, according to leaks, reportedly reprimanded Cabinet members who spoke out publicly against the government’s reaction to the situation in Gaza. Netanyahu reportedly chided Liberman, who has publicly criticized Netanyahu for holding back in responding more forcefully to Gaza attacks, for missing two Cabinet meetings during which the Gaza situation was discussed. Liberman was acting in his capacity as foreign minister during both of t hose meetings.

Liberman told reporters Monday that there have been longstanding differences between the leaders and that it was preventing them from working together.

“Disagreements between the prime minister and me are fundamental and do not allow for a future partnership,” Liberman said. “The partnership did not work during the elections, it did not work after the elections and to this day there were quite a few technical issues. When technical issues turn to fundamental ones there is no point in continuing.”

He said his party will remain in the government coalition.

Liberman reportedly also is reportedly trying to shore up his party’s and his personal sagging poll numbers.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Israelis are taking up the #IceBucketChallenge — with hummus.
  • In WWI, Jews fought for Britain. So why were they treated as outsiders?
  • According to a new poll, 75% of Israeli Jews oppose intermarriage.
  • Will Lubavitcher Rabbi Moshe Wiener be the next Met Council CEO?
  • Angelina Jolie changed everything — but not just for the better:
  • Prime Suspect? Prime Minister.
  • Move over Dr. Ruth — there’s a (not-so) new sassy Jewish sex-therapist in town. Her name is Shirley Zussman — and just turned 100 years old.
  • From kosher wine to Ecstasy, presenting some of our best bootlegs:
  • Sara Kramer is not the first New Yorker to feel the alluring pull of the West Coast — but she might be the first heading there with Turkish Urfa pepper and za’atar in her suitcase.
  • About 1 in 40 American Jews will get pancreatic cancer (Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the few survivors).
  • At which grade level should classroom discussions include topics like the death of civilians kidnapping of young Israelis and sirens warning of incoming rockets?
  • Wanted: Met Council CEO.
  • “Look, on the one hand, I understand him,” says Rivka Ben-Pazi, a niece of Elchanan Hameiri, the boy that Henk Zanoli saved. “He had a family tragedy.” But on the other hand, she said, “I think he was wrong.” What do you think?
  • How about a side of Hitler with your spaghetti?
  • Why "Be fruitful and multiply" isn't as simple as it seems:
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.