Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman looked ahead to after the next election
Wednesday, hinting that the next coalition should include his Israel Beiteinu
party, but not Shas.
Lieberman met recently with his American strategist
Arthur Finkelstein. On past occasions when Finkelstein came to Israel, Lieberman
and other clients of his made headlines shortly thereafter.
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coalition with Shas, Israel Beiteinu and Ehud Barak, everyone pulls in a
different direction and the result is going full-gas in neutral,” Lieberman
complained in an interview with Channel 2. “It would be very worthwhile to
consider a coalition that from the start will focus on internal issues. A
platform must be drafted that, for instance, will be in favor of dismantling
I don’t think Shas would accept
Lieberman said the next government should make “dramatic changes,”
such as increasing benefits to those who serve in the IDF and changing the
“The next coalition must be built better and sharpen
these points,” he said.
A source close to Shas Chairman Eli Yishai
responded that “before Yair [Lapid] takes his father [the late Shinui head Yosef
Tommy Lapid’s] old job as the national inciter against haredim, he will find
that Lieberman is already there.”