Avigdor Lieberman

Poor Bibi. Poor Israel. And Poor Us.

05/06/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In an article that appeared in the May 5 issue of Haaretz, Israel’s preeminent English language newspaper, the well-respected columnist Chemi Shalev pointed to the irony of Israel’s most recent coalition-building crisis. By withdrawing at the very last moment from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s emerging coalition, Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, had gifted the Israeli left, who reviles him, with an unintentionally sweet gift: schadenfreude.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Spy Vs. Spy

Before leaving for Washington to speak to the U.S. Congress at the invitation of the Republican leadership three weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reveal information about the bad deal the Obama administration was negotiating with Iran but not telling the Congress.

When there was nothing new in his formal address, just a rehash of what he’d been saying for months, it was assumed that his pre-speech hype was just that, hype.

Political Journeys Up The River

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had his sights set on the White House but instead he's headed for the Big House.  The former government was sentenced to two years in federal prison this week following his conviction on corruption, fraud and bribery charges.  His attempts to blame his wife didn't wash, nor did his plea that his talents would be wasted in prison.

Meanwhile, in Israel police have recommended filing charges of fraud, bribery, breach of trust and money laundering against former defense minister and Labor Knesset member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

Bibi's Alumni Running Against Him

The 2015 Israeli election is looking like a Netanyahu alumni reunion except that these former alums are all running against the prime minister in hope of denying him a fourth term.

Fear Of Status Quo Fueling Talk Of Unilateral Steps

As Netanyahu ponders his next move, pressure from right, and left, to act.

06/10/2014 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid thinks Israel should unilaterally declare a border and evacuate settlements.

The economic minister, Naftali Bennett, thinks Israel should do the opposite and annex parts of the West Bank.

Netanyahu, center, at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Getty Images

Knesset Approves 33rd Government Of Israel

03/17/2013 - 20:00

Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

The lawmakers approved the new government on Monday by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

Flag flies over the Knesset.

Election Preview: Why The Israeli Right Has Turned Hardline

Recent history has shown that Israelis favor the right when they feel threatened.
01/15/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

The three most important pieces of information to know about Tuesday’s upcoming national elections in Israel are: Bibi Netanyahu will emerge as prime minister for another term; the government will move further to the right and the electoral system is in desperate need of change, a major factor in the disturbing polarization we are witnessing.

Gary Rosenblatt

Serving Their Country After Serving Time

Israelis don't seem to eliminate candidates because they've been convicted.
12/30/2012 - 19:00

Avigdor Lieberman, who stepped down as foreign minister of Israel last week and has been indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust, is still hopeful of playing a key role in the next government, with elections three weeks ago.

He may well be right.

Lieberman: Wouldn't be the first felon to return to Israeli politics.

Serving Their Country After Serving Time

Avigdor Lieberman, who stepped down as foreign minister of Israel last week and has been indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust, is still hopeful of playing a key role in the next government, with elections three weeks ago.

He may well be right.

Lieberman: Wouldn't be the first felon to return to Israeli politics.

UPDATE-Avigdor Lieberman Resigns As Israel's Foreign Minister After Indictment

12/12/2012 - 19:00

Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, submitted his resignation Friday afternoon, ending speculation about whether he would fight to stay in office while fighting fraud charges. He continued to assert his innocence and stressed that he did not believe he was legally compelled to quit.

Lieberman: Political future unclear after indictment.
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