Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement following Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein's decision to indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, saying he wished his foreign minister success in proving his innocence. Netanyahu pointed out in the statement that he has worked with Lieberman for a long time.
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"Lieberman is a central member of the government, and I hope he will continue to contribute his public service," he said.
Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni said on the issue that “Law enforcement must be carried out without any distinctions between citizens, between rich and poor, between citizens and public figures, and without embarrassment."
"Tonight especially, I reiterate the complete faith I have in the law enforcement system and the courts,” she said during a Passover toast sponsored by her party.
“That faith is the soul of democracy, and must not change in accordance to the individual, the case or any political considerations. The message today is especially important because of the public’s loss of faith in politics, beginning with the loss of norms and continuing through to criminal offenses,” Livni continued. She added that the “time has come for the wheels of justice not to turn quite so slowly and to act quickly in order to create certainty in cases concerning public officials, certainty that is so important to restore public faith in politics.”
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, a member of Lieberman's Israel Beiteinu, also threw his support behind the foreign minister.
"We believe in Lieberman," Misezhnikov said. "Lieberman is the only Israeli leader that people believe and listen to."
MK Uri Ariel of the National Union said he hopes Lieberman is declared innocent.
"The initiation of legal proceedings against a public figure is always a
sad act," Ariel said. "I hope to see Lieberman finish the proceedings
innocent and clean of every suspicion."JPost.com staff contributed to this report.