Israeli FM resigns over fraud and breach of trust charges

Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, has said he was resigning after being charged with fraud and breach of trust, Reuters news agency has reported.

Lieberman made the announcement on Friday a day after being charged with fraud and breach of trust for promoting an ambassador.

“Though I know I committed no crime … I have decided to resign my post as foreign minister and deputy prime minister,” Lieberman said in an emailed statement, adding that he hoped to clear his name “without delay”.

However Lieberman, who leads the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, was cleared of more serious offences, including bribery and money-laundering.

Opinion polls had predicted that the right-wing party of Lieberman and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud, running on a joint-party ticket would win the January 22 election, and it was not clear if his removal from the race would hurt their chances.

 

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  • nagy_michael2

    Its about time this scumbag go. he was another terrorist and hater of arabs. I hope he goes to jail for it.

  • nagy_michael2

    Its about time this scumbag go. he was another terrorist and hater of arabs. I hope he goes to jail for it.

  • dateam

    oh well he can go back to being a bouncer at pubs and clubs

  • dateam

    oh well he can go back to being a bouncer at pubs and clubs

  • guss043

    slowly they are influenced by their neighbours , corruption , it is contagious ,espcially now when they main immigration is from Rusian jews ,expect Israel to become more corrupted ( it is now anyway)  they will soon reach the Lebanese stage or worst even

  • guss043

    slowly they are influenced by their neighbours , corruption , it is contagious ,espcially now when they main immigration is from Rusian jews ,expect Israel to become more corrupted ( it is now anyway)  they will soon reach the Lebanese stage or worst even