Likud Yisrael Beiteinu

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Likud Yisrael Beiteinu
הליכוד ישראל ביתנו
Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu
Founded 25 October 2012
Dissolved 9 July 2014
Ideology Neo-Zionism[1]
Revisionist Zionism[2]
Economic liberalism,[5][6]
Russian-speakers' interests,[7]
Political position Centre-right to Right-wing
Alliance of Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu
31 / 120
Election symbol

Likud Yisrael Beiteinu[8] (Hebrew: הליכוד ישראל ביתנו‎‎; often referred by the Israeli media as Likud Beiteinu, Hebrew: הליכוד ביתנו‎‎) was an electoral alliance formed in 2012 by the center-right Likud and the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu to contest the January 2013 Knesset elections.[9]


On 25 October 2012, several days after the decision to dissolve the 18th Knesset and after the decision was made to hold general elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman convened a joint press conference in which they announced for the first time that their respective parties have established an electoral alliance in preparations for the 19th Knesset elections to be held in January 2013. Four days later the Likud's Central Committee approved the decision.

According to Lieberman, the decision was made two months before it was announced.[10]

Initially the move encountered opposition from a number of prominent Likud members, led by Michael Eitan, who referred to the move as "the Likud's destruction",[11] nevertheless, after the approval of the move by the Likud's Central Committee he stated that he accepts the decision of the committee.[12] Eitan later failed to win re-election to the Knesset after performing poorly in a Likud primary election and being placed in an unrealistic spot on the party's election list.

Of the 31 seats won by Likud Beiteinu joint list, 20 were members of Likud and 11 of Yisrael Beiteinu.[13]

The alliance was officially dissolved on 9 July 2014.


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