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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:10 AM

Israel's Avigdor Lieberman to resign



The Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has said he is resigning after being charged with fraud and breach of trust, in a move that could have repercussions on the upcoming general election.

"Though I know I committed no crime ... I have decided to resign my post as foreign minister and deputy prime minister," Lieberman said in an emailed statement on Friday, adding that he hoped to clear his name "without delay".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/14/israel-avigdor-lieberman-resign

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Reply Israel's Avigdor Lieberman to resign (Original post)
bemildred Dec 2012 OP
bunnies Dec 2012 #1
bemildred Dec 2012 #2
bunnies Dec 2012 #3
denverbill Dec 2012 #4
LeftishBrit Dec 2012 #5
oberliner Dec 2012 #6
azurnoir Dec 2012 #7
bemildred Dec 2012 #8
azurnoir Dec 2012 #9
geek tragedy Dec 2012 #10
oberliner Dec 2012 #11
azurnoir Dec 2012 #12
geek tragedy Dec 2012 #13
delrem Dec 2012 #14
Scurrilous Dec 2012 #15
King_David Dec 2012 #16
oberliner Dec 2012 #17
King_David Dec 2012 #18

Response to bemildred (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:18 AM

1. What happened to him anyway?

Didnt he used to be relatively moderate? Pro-1967 borders and all that?

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Response to bunnies (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:20 AM

2. You have the wrong person in mind. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:24 AM

3. ah. Not the first time. lol

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:49 AM

4. Who is going to take over for him? Joe? n/t

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:04 PM

5. The best political words I've heard since 'Romney has conceded defeat'!

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:25 PM

6. Great news!

Thank you for posting.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:05 PM

7. well good news for now however

I've got a feeling that much like the proverbial 'bad penny' he'll be back he managed to come back after this

On 24 September 2001, Lieberman acknowledged in the Jerusalem District Court that he attacked a twelve-year-old youth from Tekoa, who had hit his son. The incident occurred in December 1999 in the Nokdim settlement. His son told him that three boys hit him. Lieberman located one of the boys in a trailer and hit him in the face. After the boy fell and was injured, Lieberman grabbed him by the shirt-collar and arm, took him back to his home in Tekoa and threatened that he would attack him again if he returned to Nokdim. He was charged with assaulting and threatening him. Lieberman was convicted based on his own confession in the context of a plea bargain. His attorney asked the judges, in the context of the arrangement, to restrict his punishment to a fine amid the defendantís promise that he will not commit such an act in the future. The judge ultimately ruled that Lieberman must pay the child a compensation of 10,000 NIS, and an additional fine of 7,500 NIS.


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Response to azurnoir (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 04:11 PM

8. Well, I'm not convinced we are done with him by any means.

In fact, I'll be a bit surprised if a little peccadillo like this is allowed to interfere much with his political career. These are critical times, everything is at stake, etc. etc., and he clearly has no intention of disappearing any time soon.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:34 PM

9. yep it's just a matter of time n/t

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:08 PM

10. Not resigning from the Knesset or party leadership. This is a sabbatical, not a resignation. nt

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:29 PM

11. You have no idea what you are talking about

He is gone for good and so is his party.

Mark my words.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:43 PM

12. Likud-Beitenu will be gone?

well we can hope next weeks polls will tell more though

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Response to oberliner (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 02:20 PM

13. I eagerly await the Meretz triumph in the upcoming

elections.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 04:01 PM

14. Problem is that the resignation is unrelated to his actual politics.

It isn't the defeat of what he stands for, and after all, as the foreign minister he was the public face of Israel.
The only certain way to defeat a political figure like him, as such, is to defeat his ideology, to show the bankruptcy and wrongness of his ideology - and for Israelis to elect very different persons who espouse a very different ideology, and who will present a very different public face. Otherwise he'll just be replaced with a clone, one with a bit of a face-lift, perhaps laden with a few different buzzwords, but with nothing changed in political reality.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:52 AM

15. K & R

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Response to Scurrilous (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:13 AM

16. Hopeful myself that he's gone forever !

Do you think he will return?

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Response to King_David (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:39 AM

17. You won't get a response

Thumbs up is about the extent of it.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:21 AM

18. I was just trying to interact nt

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