HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE THE END OF NETANYAHU’S IRON RULE

 Facing fraud charges in connection with an ambassador’s promotion, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister today just weeks before Israel’s parliamentary elections.
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With Lieberman slated as number 2 (in more ways than one) on Netanyahu’s election ticket, the following could herald in the end of Likud’s rule as well… we can hope.
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Avigdor Lieberman resigns as Israeli Foreign Minister
 Annie Robbins

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Avigdor Lieberman Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

Facing fraud charges in connection with an ambassador’s promotion, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister today just weeks before Israel’s parliamentary elections.

After a long-running investigation involving major allegation of money laundering, aggravated fraud and witness tampering Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided to indict him on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust. The main case against Lieberman, involving harassing witnesses, accepting bribes and the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars, has been dropped due to lack of sufficient evidence. Lieberman has denied all charges and accused legal authorities of going on a political witch hunt.

Haaretz:

Lieberman suggested that he will try to secure a plea bargain before the upcoming elections in January, and added that he made the decision following deliberations with his lawyers, despite the fact that he was told he was not obligated to resign from his position as foreign minister.

“Even though I know I did not commit any crime… I decided to resign from my post as foreign minister and deputy prime minister,” Lieberman announced Friday. “Following 16 years of investigations against me, I will now be able to end this matter quickly and without delays, and finally clear my name.”

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Thursday said he was closing the main case against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, concluding a 12-year investigation into allegations of money laundering and fraud. However, Weinstein said he would indict Lieberman on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust, in the case concerning Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus.

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2 Comments

  1. December 15, 2012 at 20:00

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  2. Lee said,

    December 15, 2012 at 23:26

    “Even though (I KNOW I) did not commit any crime”. The quote implies he does not know, but somebody else does.
    He could have said, ” Even though “I” did not commit any crime”. That is more truthful than what he was quoted.

    Like most or all politicians, they are Liars. It appears lies are the prerequisites for the office they sit on. It seems this is more intrinsic to all Israeli leaders. Or am I wrong?


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