CBNNew.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Ze'ev Jabotinsky, grandson of the legendary Zionist leader for whom he is named, joined the Likud party over the weekend.
Flanked by Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, Jabotinsky announced his decision at a press conference on Sunday.
"I admit I'm excited," Jabotinksy said. It's a privilege to join the movement. The last time Jabotinsky, Begin and Netanyahu served the Jewish public was in World War II, when they tried to save Europe's Jews from annihilation. Today we are a team again, and we want to do everything we can to meet the challenges Israel is facing," he said.
Jabotinsky addressed the pervasive hopelessness affecting many Israelis.
"You can see it in low voter turnout," he said. "We hope the new leadership, under Netanyahu, will be able to bring back hope and get the country back on the right track. I consider it a privilege to join the party and shoulder some of the burden," Jabotinsky said.
Netanyahu responded in kind.
"I'm very happy that he decided to take time out from his busy life to join us," a smiling Netanyahu told reporters.
"Things have come full circle. It is a privilege for the Likud to have such a man in its ranks, contributing both to the party and the country," he said.
Jabotinsky is one of several highly regarded leaders who have joined the Likud in the past several weeks. Others include Benny Begin, Dan Meridor, Uzi Dayan, Moshe Ya'alon, Yossi Peled and Danny Seaman.
Source: YNet news