Lieberman promises security focus

Leader of upstart party vows to fight 'external enemies', 'internal threat'.

lieberman 298 after win (photo credit: AP)
lieberman 298 after win
(photo credit: AP)
Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party, which at the beginning of the week surged ahead in the polls, gained received 12 mandates in exit polls on Tuesday. Lieberman arrived at the Jerusalem Gate Hotel and thanked all the party activists and supporters who had contributed to Yisrael Beitenu's victory. The leader of what is now the fourth-largest party in Israel promised the exuberant crowd that his party would do everything possible to guarantee the security of Israel's citizens against "external enemies," as well as fighting what he called the "internal threat" of crime. Yisrael Beitenu, whose support base was firmly among the over-1 million Russian immigrants living in Israel, reiterated its intention to make Israel a nation that absorbs aliyah. "Jews from all over the world will be able to come and live in Israel," Lieberman promised. He cautioned party activists that Tuesday night's results were preliminary, and that he would wait patiently for the final results. Lieberman took a strong line against the terror threat. "Katyushas," he said on a day in which one of the rockets was fired at Israel from Gaza, "aren't just 'more shooting.'" "They're a very clear message from the terror infrastructure that's been established in the PA."