Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli plan to bypass Abbas in search for new partners

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 25, 2016

Two-and-a-half months after his appointment as Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman has signalled a change of policy towards the Palestinian Authority.

In a briefing with military correspondents last week, the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu unveiled his plan to bypass the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, and work instead with local leaders in the West Bank and the Palestinian

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Israeli cabinet votes in Avigdor Lieberman as new defence minister

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Avigdor Lieberman has been officially approved as Israel’s new defence minister.

The appointment was confirmed following a telephone vote by government ministers this morning.

The decision followed protracted negotiations between Mr Netanyahu's Likud party and Mr Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu grouping.

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Lieberman's entry is a new dawn - of uncertainty

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The military guard of honour that received Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday at the Defence Ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv took place according to protocol.

However, it lacked the warmth with which the same soldiers and officers had bid farewell to the departing minister, Moshe Yaalon.

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Bad but no disaster

By Leader, May 26, 2016

This newspaper has never hidden its distaste for Avigdor Lieberman. He has a penchant for offensive statements and his attitudes often seem more designed to inflame Israel's critics than to achieve anything positive.

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Plot to take down Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 10, 2016

This month contains two anniversaries for Benjamin Netanyahu. He will mark a year since the last election - the fourth he has won - and ten full years as prime minister, including the three he served in the late 1990s and seven in this second stretch.

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Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.

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Lieberman ‘met Abbas rival in Paris’

By Naomi Firsht, January 5, 2015

The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly met exiled Palestinian leader Mohammed Dahlan in recent weeks, sparking speculation that the Israeli government was trying to replace PA head Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr Lieberman and Mr Dahlan both denied the reports, but Israeli website Walla claimed the pair met in at least two European capitals, including Paris 10 days ago.

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Lieberman graft probe may redraw Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 31, 2014

With every day bringing new revelations in an alleged embezzlement scandal engulfing dozens of public officials, including senior Yisrael Beiteinu politicians, two questions are paramount.

First, did the party leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, know anything? Second, how will this affect the party’s prospects in the upcoming elections?

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Israel's diplomatic strike over as deal agreed

By Daniel Easterman, April 3, 2014

The first full-scale strike by Israel’s Foreign Ministry diplomatic staff has ended after weeks of embassy closures and diplomatic cancellations.

“Israel’s fighters abroad will return to serve on Israel’s global front lines. We are sorry for the needless hardships caused,” said the Foreign Ministry workers committee.

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Foreign Minister Lieberman drops his peace talks scepticism

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 14, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has attacked the right-wing members of the government who oppose the American peace initiative in a speech that was seen by many as a departure from Mr Lieberman’s own sceptical positions towards the diplomatic process.

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