Skip to comments.Hard-Line Israeli Foreign Minister Resigns [Avigdor Lieberman]
Posted on 12/16/2012 2:27:42 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Born in Moldova, Mr. Lieberman enjoys wide support among Israel's one million immigrants from the former Soviet Union. He lives in a West Bank settlement considered illegal under international law, and he is perhaps the government's harshest critic of President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, having called for his ouster and denounced as "diplomatic terrorism" his recent bid for upgraded Palestinian status at the United Nations.
Polls have consistently shown that Mr. Lieberman's joint ticket with Mr. Netanyahu, known here as Likud Beiteinu, is expected to receive up to 40 of the 120 seats in Israel's next Parliament, by far the largest bloc. The merger was seen as crowning him a top contender to eventually follow Mr. Netanyahu as prime minister...
Mr. Netanyahu had no immediate comment on Mr. Lieberman's resignation Friday, but on Thursday had offered only support. "I believe in Israel's legal system and respect it," the prime minister said in a statement. "The right that it grants any Israeli citizen to defend himself also extends to Minister Lieberman, and I hope for him that he'll be able to prove that he's also innocent regarding the only case that remains."
Under Israeli law, when a cabinet minister resigns, the prime minister becomes "custodian" of his portfolio, and Mr. Netanyahu is expected to handle foreign affairs himself at least until after the elections.
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Avigdor Lieberman stood behind candles lit for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah during a conference of his Yisrael Beiteinu party on Thursday in Tel Aviv. [Amir Cohen/Reuters]
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This is puzzling. I wonder if the reason behind it more has to do with the potential war with Iran? Lieberman is regarded as a war hawk, and could quickly become the Prime Minister if Netanyahu was incapacitated or killed.
If he is temporarily out of the government, even if still in Israel he could be out of target range of an attack on Tel Aviv.
Fanciful, but not the case.
Netanyahu is becoming more and more liberal while the more conservative Likudniks seem to be gaining popularity. Netanyahu wants to purge them and this is one of the steps.
Danon, Levin and Feiglin are no doubt on the purge list too.
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