Likud (Hebrew: הַלִּיכּוּד, translit. HaLikud, lit., The Consolidation), officially the Likud – National Liberal Movement, with a member of the party being called a Likudnik (Hebrew: לִכּוּדְנִיק), is a centre-right to right-wing political party in Israel. A secular party, it was founded in 1973 by Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon in an alliance with several right-wing parties. Likud's landslide victory in the 1977 elections was a major turning point in the country's political history, marking the first time the left had lost power. Likud has gone in and out of favor with the voting population in the intervening years.
Likud in Alpha and Omega
Following the dirty bomb attack on Tel Aviv, the Israeli government collapsed, and a new election was called. The Likud and its smaller allies carried two-thirds of the Knesset, very rare in Israel's history. Party Leader Binyamin became Prime Minister, and promised more hard-line action against Israel's most immediate enemies.
- Alpha and Omega, pgs. 142-143.