Yet, it is hard not to be surprised at the decline of the Labor Party, which advocated peace talks with the Palestinians and competed for a popular mandate with Likud
in the 1990s.
party leader met Mr Peres in Jerusalem to receive a formal invitation to form an administration.
officials welcomed Lieberman's announcement and said the party would seek to forge a broad coalition regardless of the precondition set by Yisrael Beiteinu.
But the Likud
leader has said he prefers a governing coalition with centrist Kadima and the left-leaning Labour Party
Several websites of the Israeli right wing published an announcement on behalf of the Likud
party, calling on thousands of the Likud
members to storm al-Aqsa mosque along with a delegation headed by Moshe Feiglin, who ran against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party and received 25% of the votes of party members.
Minister Questions Alliance with Yisrael Beiteinu
RAMALLAH: The Chairman of Israeli opposition Likud
party, Benjamin Netanyahu, has hired two of the US President-elect Barack Obama's advisers to help him in his election campaign, a newspaper report said yesterday.
and Kadima fear that smaller parties would take votes away from them.
Mr Netanyahu's Likud
party does not have an overall majority after last week's general election and he needs to create a coalition.
Summary: Israeli President Shimon Peres chose Likud
leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to form a new Israeli government, giving Netanyahu six weeks to put together a coalition.
But party leader Avigdor Lieberman, in a victory speech after midnight, indicated it was his intention to go with the Likud
CDATA[ 'These are the same people who got up and took Knesset seats from the Likud
and established a party with the aim of finishing off the Likud