Agreement expands coalition to 66, resolves funding for immigrant pensions, confirms Yisrael Beytenu chief as defense minister; Sofa Landver to head immigration
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman signed a coalition deal Wednesday bringing Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party into the coalition. At a signing ceremony in the Knesset, Netanyahu pledged to pursue new “opportunities” for a peace deal with the Palestinians. (See full article at link above)
Who is Avigdor Liberman? He is the founder and leader of the secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose electoral base are overwelmingly Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union.(Wikipedia)
Wikipedia: (The) Yisrael Beiteinu takes a strong line towards the peace process and the integration of Israeli Arabs, characterized by its 2009 election slogan “No loyalty, no citizenship”. Its main platform includes a recognition of the two-state solution, the creation of a Palestinian state that would include an exchange of some largely Arab-inhabited parts of Israel for largely Jewish-inhabited parts of the West Bank.
Will Israel be more vulnerable to the Gog/Magog invasion under a coalition government in which Russian Jews play a prominent role? Hmmm. Good question!