JERUSALEM — Israel's powerful foreign minister resisted calls to resign Thursday after he was charged with breach of trust in a fraud and money-laundering case threatening to upend the Israeli political system just a month before parliamentary elections.
Avigdor Lieberman, who escaped more serious charges, said Thursday night that the law does not require him to resign. "According to my legal counsel, I do not have to resign, but at the end of the day I will make a final decision together with my lawyers," he said at a news conference.
Lieberman, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave no timeframe for his decision and hinted it could come after parliamentary elections on Jan. 22. He also denied all accusations and alleged they were politically motivated.
The decision by Israel's attorney general earlier Thursday capped an investigation that stretched back more than a decade and several politicians called on Lieberman to quit.