Landau: Plum portfolio for Liberman to join coalition

April 15, 2015 01:48

Yisrael Beytenu will not enter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s next government unless its leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, is allowed to keep his post or is promoted to defense minister, outgoing Yisrael Beytenu minister Uzi Landau said in a parting interview that will be published in full in Friday’s Jerusalem Post.

Landau stressed that his personal assessment was not based on conversations with Liberman or his associates. But sources close to the Yisrael Beytenu leader confirmed Landau’s statement and said Liberman expects to go to the opposition.

“If he is not offered the Foreign Ministry or something close to it, the chance of Yisrael Beytenu joining the coalition in my opinion is close to zero,” Landau said. “He has had so many jobs, he may decide not to be in the coalition this time. He won’t join the government at any price.”

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