Prime Minister Signs Coalition Deal With Yisrael Beytenu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Avigdor Lieberman (L), the head of hardline nationalist party Yisrael Beitenu, sign a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the Knesset

Ynetnews reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday morning after understandings were reached overnight Tuesday on Lieberman’s conditions to join the government as defense minister.

“I welcome Avigdor Lieberman and his faction members as important partners to the coalition,” Netanyahu said after the signing. “I value his experience, we’ve worked together before for the security and welfare of the people of Israel.”

Netanyahu said the two put their past disagreements aside. “It’s no secret we’ve disagreed with each other, that’s part of political life. Sometimes, in the heat of the argument, things were said by both of us that should not have been said. Now, we join hands to help Israel march forward,” he said.

“The most important issue is the safety of Israeli citizens,” Lieberman agreed. “For this we’ve made an effort, left everything else aside, and I hope we could truly achieve all we wanted to do.”

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