Furious Lieberman dissolves political partnership with Netanyahu

The head of Israel Beiteinu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, on Monday morning informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his intention to dissolve his party's joint faction with Likud.


Lieberman told the prime minister that he intends to return to operating as an independent faction as before the two parties' pact ahead of the 2013 general elections. The decision is set against a backdrop of Lieberman's fierce criticism of Netanyahu for Israel's tempered response to Hamas as the rocket strikes continue from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.