Liberman trial starts 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman vowed over the weekend to leave
politics if he is convicted in his ongoing corruption trial.
The trial is
expected to be completed in July and a verdict given by October. In an interview
with Yediot Aharonot, Liberman said he wants to be cleared of the charges
against him, but did not sound like a conviction would upset him.
tough decisions easily,” he said. “I can very easily decide to leave
I never thought I would be a Knesset member. I was not born a
minister and I don’t have an obsession to stay in politics. If I’ll be
convicted, I will do what a fair person must do.”
When asked what he
intended to do following his political career, Liberman joked he would become a
professional tennis player.
Liberman called his former deputy Danny
Ayalon, who has testified against him, a liar. He mocked Ayalon for praising him
before leaving him off Yisrael Beytenu’s Knesset list and condemning
“The fact that the man spits into the well he drank from says a lot
about him,” Liberman said.
On diplomatic issues, Liberman downplayed
American efforts to reignite the peace process with the Palestinians and
reiterated his opposition to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s apology to
Turkey for the deaths on the Mavi Marmara flotilla. He blamed national security
adviser Ya’acov Amidror for tricking Netanyahu into accepting the
“If I was still foreign minister I don’t think it would have
happened,” Liberman said. “The Turks would not have gotten an apology or
compensation. We will see long-term how wrong this move was.”
who chairs the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, called Balad MK
Haneen Zoabi, who was on the ship, and other Arab MKs “terrorists.”