February 10, 2009 / 10:44 PM / 9 years ago

Key Israeli party "open" to Livni or Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A linchpin far-right Israeli party said on Wednesday it could join a coalition government under either centrist Tzipi Livni or the hawkish Benjamin Netanyahu, rivals for the premiership in a close election.

“We’re not ruling anyone out,” Avigdor Lieberman told supporters after exit polls in Tuesday’s election showed his Yisrael Beiteinu party closely trailing Livni’s Kadima and Netanyahu’s Likud. But he said his “heart’s desire” was a “nationalistic” government.

Writing by Dan Williams, Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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