Liberman leaving court 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The government is expected to on Sunday authorize Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor
Liberman’s appointment as foreign minister.
Meanwhile, Meretz chairwoman
Zehava Gal-On made a last-ditch effort to stop the move, calling for Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to appoint Liberman as foreign
“Liberman’s appointment is a danger to the State of Israel and
its foreign relations, especially in a time of crisis in peace talks between the
Israelis and the Palestinians,” Gal-On said, referring to Liberman’s hawkish
positions and outspoken distrust of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
According to Gal-On, “Liberman is a persona non grata around the
world, who, during his time as foreign minister, turned Israel into an outcast
state. His appointment to the job will worsen Israel’s shaky relations with its
allies and worsen its situation in the international community.”
Thursday, the day after Liberman’s acquittal on corruption charges
government added his nomination as a minister to the agenda for Sunday’s
If all goes as planned, Liberman will be sworn in to the role at
the Knesset on Monday.
Also on Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev
Elkin will be fired, as he is Netanyahu’s deputy in his capacity as foreign
minister. Whether he will be reappointed remains to be seen, as he is a
contender, along with several other MKs from the Likud and one from Yesh Atid,
to replace Liberman as chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense