Entries in Avigdor Leiberman (2)


Israeli Official: If World Can't Protect Syrians, It Can't Protect Us

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- A top Israeli official has little faith that the rest of the world can keep his country safe from Iran.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's ominous opinion suggests that Israel would take matters into its own hands to get rid of the threat of Iranian's nuclear program.

Lieberman based his view on the current situation in Syria, in which he said the international community has done nothing to stop "systematic murder of innocent civilians."

This perceived weakness "challenges all the promises of the international community that they are responsible for our security," according to the foreign minister, who is the equivalent of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In a sign that his country would move ahead to protect its interests, Lieberman added, "Ultimately, the state of Israel will take the decisions that are most appropriate based on its evaluation of the situation."

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Israel's Foreign Minister to Face Corruption Charges

Comstock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israel's justice system recently convicted the country's former president, Moshe Katsav, on rape charges.  Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is still being investigated on a number of corruption charges and now it looks like the current foreign minister, Avigdor Leiberman, will be the next one to stand trial.

Israel's attorney general says he plans to indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of money laundering, aggravated fraud, and breach of trust. The move comes after more than 10 years of investigating Leiberman for allegedly taking millions of dollars he laundered through shell companies.  Leiberman denies the charges. 

The official indictment is expected to be filed next month after a judicial hearing.  Formal charges will force the foreign minister to resign and because he is the head of the 2nd biggest party in the ruling coalition, it may also destabilize Prime Minister Netanyahu's government.

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