Last night the fears of many in Israel happened…
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Announced that the two men's political parties will merge to form a right wing 'super-party'.
This comes in response to the talk in political circles of a merging of the center left parties to oust Netanyahu from the Premiership.
That notion was initially received well, and captured a bit of momentum with Israel's Social Justice leaders (the tent protests experienced the last two summers) joining the political process.
But both Netanyahu and Lieberman say that the deal sealed two months ago and kept under the wraps.
The people are calling the new party 'Bieberman'…
Critics are crying foul, as the majority in Israel see the Right Wing in Israel as growing more and more fanatical and more and more dominant in Israel's governance.
Even within Netanyahu's Likud, some are crying for a secret ballot to approve the deal or not.
But what this means is that Netanyahu will have to bloat his cabinet and issue sweet deals to coax people into joining in.
The true king makers in this upcoming elections will be (again as in the past) Shas – the ultra Orthodox party who has just seen the return of it's political figurehead who just finished serving jail time, yes that's right – a convicted criminal.
The Arab party's will need to go to the center left party and unite, but this is a tall order as most of the time their hands are tied.
One poll says has suggested that Netanyahu's plan could backfire on him. One prediction is a loss of 9 seats in the Knesset.
But one things for sure, Netanyahu is a political survivor, and another is that his heir apparent is Lieberman (at least in Lieberman's mind)…
Middle East Correspondent