Liberman to chair defense c'tee amid legal woes

Former FM plans to head Knesset's FADC, asserts he will hold key post in government after Belarus Ambassador Affair is closed.

December 25, 2012 15:28
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FM Liberman: "Our word is our bond"

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman - Our word is our Bond 390. (photo credit: Flash 90)

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman plans to head the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee following the election until his legal troubles end.

The former foreign minister's party confirmed on Tuesday that, until the Belarus Ambassador Affair ends, he will head the Knesset's most politically prestigious committee.

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The report first appeared on Israeli Russian-language news website "Cursor" as an excerpt from an interview with Liberman that took place on Tuesday morning.

Liberman added that, once the trial ends, he will hold a key position in the government.

The Yisrael Beytenu leader's statements could fuel rumors that he seeks the Defense Ministry. However, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in televised interviews this weekend that he will save the Foreign Minister position for Liberman.

“Every person has the right to prove his innocence, and Avigdor Liberman also has this opportunity,” Netanyahu stated. “Liberman will finish this process. He did the right thing in resigning, because he wanted to expedite the dealings with this issue so he can return to a senior position."

When asked if a “senior position” includes the Defense portfolio, Netanyahu said Liberman specifically asked to be foreign minister again.

“The foreign ministry is in my hands at the moment, and I hope that he will return to the government quickly,” he added.

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