New Israeli Party Formed

One of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest aides, Avigdor Lieberman, has left the Likud Party and formed his own to run in the next election. Lieberman says his “Israel, Our Home Party” would support the Prime Minister, but would also have its own agenda. The party's focus, he said, would be to limit the power of the Supreme Court, reduce the size of the police force, and provide more funding for the needs of new immigrants.

Avigdor emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1979 and is popular with the large Russian population now in Israel. His party may take votes away from the Israel B'Aliya Party that Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky founded to give immigrants greater political influence.