Avigdor Liberman 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
Just two weeks after his acquittal on corruption charges, Foreign Minister
Avigdor Liberman will reach the pinnacle of Israeli politics on Wednesday and
Thursday, when he will be prime minister.
Actually, acting prime minister
– and for less than two days, during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s trip to
An antiquated law requires the appointment of a substitute when
the prime minister is abroad. Former prime minister Ariel Sharon decided that
Ehud Olmert would fill in for him every time he left the country, but Netanyahu
has asked different ministers to fill in for him on different trips.
his last term, vice premiers Moshe Ya’alon and Silvan Shalom alternated as
acting prime minister. During most of Netanyahu’s departures from Israel in the
current government, the acting prime minister was Ya’alon or Strategic Affairs
Minister Yuval Steinitz.
When Netanyahu went to Poland with Ya’alon and
Steinitz, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch filled
Ya’alon and Shalom will both be abroad when Netanyahu will be in
Steinitz will be in the country, but Netanyahu chose Liberman
“We are not bothered by who gets the title of acting prime
minister for two days,” a source close to Steinitz said.
Wednesday will a
sensitive time, because the talks between the P5+1 countries and Iran will be
taking place in Geneva.