Yisrael Beytenu party head and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that the principles outlined in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at Bar-Ilan University in 2009, in which he accepted the two-state solution, would serve as the basis for the next government's policies and that the Likud-Yisrael Beytenu will not deviate from them, Israel Radio reported.
Lieberman also said Israel had no imperialist ambitions and the government was prepared to implement important diplomatic measures for a Palestinian state, when the right conditions arose and when there was a proper partner for peace.
Israel Radio reported that Lieberman had emphasized that the merger between Likud and Yisrael Beytenu was thriving and strong and the issue of the factions still being separate was a technical one that will be revisited following the election, as agreed.
Lieberman said he had an understanding with Netanyahu according to which, after he settles his current legal issues, he would be able to choose to head any of the three major ministries: Defense, Finance, or Foreign.
The Yisrael Beytenu chairman also criticized former Israel Security Agency head Yuval Diskin over comments he made in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth criticizing Netanyahu's and Barak's conduct on security matters, saying that Diskin should have waited until after the election.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Sunday that the two parties were running for election together and would assume shared responsibility for forming the next government, if the task was given to Netanyahu.
Sa'ar, Israel Radio reported, agreed with Lieberman on Diskin's comments, saying it was strange that the former ISA chief had remained silent throughout his service and after it, but decided to voice his opinion just two weeks before the election.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Diskin goes into politics with one of the left-wing parties," Sa'ar said.