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Lieberman. 'Temporary goodbye'
Photo: AP

Lieberman tenders resignation

Foreign minister resigns in wake of pending breach of trust indictment, says he's 'saying goodbye temporarily' and has no concerns ahead of trial

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman tendered his resignation on Sunday but stressed he was "saying goodbye only temporarily." His resignation will go into effect on Tuesday.


"As you know I have no concerns," he said after submitting his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Friday he announced he has decided to resign from office following the breach of trust indictment pending against him.


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Lieberman is hoping for a swift trial and a plea bargain which will not involve moral turpitude or community service thus allowing him to return to politics.


After submitting his letter of resignation he said, "Overall I had a fascinating four years at the government and Foreign Ministry. I enjoyed working with the prime minister and the government. Naturally there were ups and downs but all in all it was truly a fascinating time."

שר החוץ ליברמן משחק טניס בסוף השבוע (צילום: אלכס קולומויסקי)

Lieberman plays tennis over the weekend (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)


The Yisrael Beiteinu chairman stressed he intends to return to office. "I am saying goodbye temporarily. As you have noticed I have been in this office, on this floor since 1996. I suppose the break will be very brief this time."


He further noted, "I have no concern. The only concern I have is for the voting public." Lieberman explained that one of the benefits of his departure is that he will have more time to focus on the upcoming elections.


Addressing the indictment against him he said, "The plan is not to go for a plea bargain, but to get to court. A trial is the right way." He further denied rumors that he discussed the matter with the prime minister.


Also Sunday, Lieberman posted an apology on his Facbook page over recent statements he made about female politicians. "The Israeli public life, which often deals with hard and painful issues, should be occasionally seasoned with humor. I had no idea a tiny joke would make such a loud impact. My honest apologies to whoever was hurt by it."


Lieberman further wrote, "I will now sit alone in the dark and reflect on it some more." Last week Lieberman called Labor, Hatnua and Meretz chairwomen "The Polish trio."




פרסום ראשון: 12.16.12, 11:18
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