Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has coordinated conditions for 'Israel Our Home' party with its Russian-speaking leader Avigdor Lieberman, who will receive the portfolio of a defense minister, to join the ruling coalition, RIA Novosti news agency reported with reference to an Israeli radio station.
The talks, which lasted for over a week, have stalled due to disagreements over the pension reform lobbied by Lieberman in favor of his traditional electors - elderly immigrants from former Soviet Union republics. According to the radiostation, a compromise to the issue was found.
According to the radiostation's message, a coalition agreement was reached between the Likud and Israel Our Home parties
"The talks were held in the Israeli prime minister's office with the participation of Netanyahu, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Lieberman."
The agreement is expected to be signed during the day and then will be submitted for the parliamentary approval. Avigdor Lieberman is expected to be appointed defense minister early next week, while his party ally Sofa Landwehr will be sworn in as minister of aliyah and immigrant absorption (immigration and adaptation of immigrants).
The coalition with 'Israel Our home' party's six mandates will consist of 67 out of 120 MPs and include all right-wing and religious parties represented in the Knesset.