Opinion: While Bibi Faces International Criticism for Jerusalem Development, He Loses Votes for Not Building Enough
by News Editor
Times of Israel – With a month to go before Israel’s elections, Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to merge his Likud party list with Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu is looking wiser by the day — because the Jewish Home party, once a marginal player to the Likud’s right, is getting stronger by the day.
It was always clear that Liberman had much to gain from the merger with Netanyahu: His position as No. 2 on the joint list marked him as heir apparent, smoothing the path to his long-term goal of becoming prime minister. Now that he is about to be indicted, the alliance means Yisrael Beytenu will not be facing the electorate alone with a lame-duck leader who can’t be a minister for a while, but rather is contentedly subsumed in a partnership with its Likud big brother.