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  • Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

    November 21, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Israeli officials say.

    The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in Gaza....

  • Lieberman tells German Foreign Minister there are no limits on East Jerusalem settlements

    November 17, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Rebuffing international criticism, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his German counterpart point-blank on Sunday that Israel will not stop building homes for Jews in East Jerusalem.

    His remarks were likely to compound Western frustration over Israeli settlement...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 17, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Israel says it gagged reports captive Sotloff was its citizen

    September 5, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Israel said on Thursday it had prevented local media from reporting that slain U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, in a bid to reduce the risk to him after he was seized by Islamist insurgents in Syria last year.

    Islamic State, a militant group which has...

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  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 14, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • Israeli minister urges Germany and EU to send inspectors to Gaza

    August 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has urged Germany to help find a solution to the conflict in Gaza and send inspectors to Gaza's borders along with other European Union countries.

    Mediators were working on Thursday to extend a truce between Israel and the Palestinians...

  • Gaza fighting surges with no firm sign cease-fire near

    July 17, 2014 | 10:03 am

    Israeli leaders on Thursday played down prospects of a permanent Gaza cease-fire and fighting returned to a familiar pattern of Palestinian rocket salvoes and Israeli bombing after a five-hour humanitarian truce.

    An Israeli official said earlier that senior Israeli negotiators in...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: Israel should retake Gaza

    July 15, 2014 | 8:49 am

    Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said Israel should retake the Gaza Strip in the current military operation.

    “Israel must go all the way in Gaza. The world must give us its full backing to go all the way,” Lieberman said Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the...

  • Israel not working for Iraqi Kurd independence, foreign minister says

    June 30, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Iraqi Kurdish independence as a fait accompli on Monday but said his country was taking no action to help the Kurds achieve formal statehood.

    The remarks appeared aimed at heading off potential confrontation with the United...

  • Kerry and Lieberman meet in Paris on Iraq dilemma

    June 26, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, discussed the threat posed by an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    In their meeting Thursday in Paris, Kerry briefed Liberman on his trip to Iraq this week and asked the Israeli foreign minister for his...

  • Israel closes embassies around the world as diplomats strike

    March 24, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Israeli diplomats launched an unprecedented strike on Sunday, forcing the complete closure of embassies around the world as they escalated a dispute over pay, officials said.

    The industrial action has already threatened to postpone a visit by Pope Francis to Israel planned for...

  • Gaza rockets, Israeli air strikes persist despite truce call

    March 13, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    A small armed faction in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel on Thursday, drawing retaliatory air strikes and pushing cross-border violence into a third day despite a truce called by the more powerful Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

    The clashes have been the most intense...

  • Lieberman: Israel won’t agree to ‘further conditions’ for talks

    March 6, 2014 | 10:03 am

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blamed the Palestinians for lack of progress in peace negotiations.

    Lieberman also said additional conditions for continuing the talks are a non-starter.

    “The Palestinians are the ones torpedoing the talks by setting conditions,”...

  • Lieberman returns as Israeli foreign minister

    November 11, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman returned to his post a week after being acquitted on a charge of fraud and breach of trust.

    Lieberman took the oath in the Knesset on Monday night after his reappointment was approved by the legislative body. On Sunday, the Cabinet...

  • Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption charges

    November 6, 2013 | 10:38 am

    This story orignally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted of charges of fraud and breach of trust in a verdict that paves the way for his return to the foreign ministry, and sets him up as a possible successor to Prime...

  • Report: Unofficial construction freeze in eastern Jerusalem

    June 10, 2013 | 9:32 am

    An unofficial freeze in housing starts in eastern Jerusalem is “a temporary hiatus,” Yisrael Beiteinu party head Avigdor Lieberman told an Israeli newspaper.

    Army Radio, citing government statistics and the Yesha settlers council, reported Monday that no new housing projects have...

  • Ayalon testifies against former boss Lieberman in fraud trial

    May 2, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Danny Ayalon at the fraud trial of ex-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman testified that his former boss advanced a diplomat's appointment in return for information.

    Ayalon, the former deputy foreign minister and the state's key witness against Liberman, testified Thursday...

  • Lieberman at opening of fraud trial pleads not guilty

    February 18, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the opening of his trial for fraud and breach of trust pleaded not guilty on all counts.

    The trial opened Sunday afternoon in front of a three-judge panel in Jerusalem District Court.

    Witnesses will begin testifying after the...

  • Voters to Netanyahu: Get new friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 22, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    These were the most interesting-boring elections one could ever hope for. Boring – as the top job was secured early on by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fascinating – as the parties, unburdened of having to compete for the top job, were free to combat one another for votes....

  • The problem with Israel’s electoral system

    By Gidi Grinstein

    January 16, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Israel’s electoral system is the root cause of the disheartening polarization and superficiality on display in Israel’s current election season. Many wrongly point to the egos of our politicians as the underlying reason. In reality, powerful constitutional disincentives for...

  • The no-alternative Israeli elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The story of the upcoming Israeli elections, which will take place on Jan. 22, can be written in many different ways. 

    One is with an eye to the small numbers, a story of preserving the political status quo: Back in 2009, the Kadima Party got 28 mandates. In 2013, if polls are to...

  • Israel’s Lieberman says he will resign from politics if convicted

    January 14, 2013 | 7:52 am

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he would resign from politics if he is convicted of fraud and breach of trust in the current indictment against him.

    Lieberman, who remains head of theYisrael Beiteinu Party, and is number two on the combined Knesset list of...

  • Q&A: ‘Labor will either form the government or head the opposition’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 13, 2013 | 8:53 am

    MK Yitzhak Herzog is a lawmaker from the Labor Party. A Knesset veteran, he has previously served as Minister of Welfare & Social Services, Minister of the Diaspora, Minister of Housing, and Minister of Tourism. He is also the son of former Israeli president Chaim Herzog. In the...

  • The ongoing decline of Likud-Beiteinu

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    On the one hand, it isn't easy to imagine an all-but-ensured victorious prime minister who is unhappy: Why would Netanyahu be unhappy when his next term is safe and the next coalition is his to make? On the other hand, it isn't easy to imagine a leader of a party-in-decline for the...

  • The watershed political event of the 2013 Israeli election

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 8:24 am

    You already know that our exclusive Israel Poll Trends tracker is the best way to follow and understand Israel's crazy election season. But this week Prof. Camil Fuchs has made a special effort and is presenting us with a new trendline: the one chronicling the decline of Prime...

  • Avigdor Lieberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

    December 30, 2012 | 6:01 pm

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust.

    The indictment, which reportedly includes new and stronger evidence against Lieberman, was filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday morning. Lieberman is charged...

  • December 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 30, 2012 | 12:38 am

    In-depth

    Actions, Not Words

    The Obama administration needs to take a tougher stance with Middle Eastern rulers, writes Dov S. Zakheim in the National Interest

    Apart from threatening action if Assad uses chemical weapons, as well as reportedly some training of opposition...

  • Ex-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman indicted for fraud

    December 27, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust.

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein submitted the indictment Thursday against Lieberman for allegedly advancing the position of Zeev Ben Aryeh, Israel's former ambassador to...

  • Lieberman questioned again in ambassador affair

    December 26, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was questioned again regarding allegations that he advanced an envoy's position in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

    Lieberman was questioned under caution late on Tuesday night, hours after launching his...

  • Lieberman to be questioned again

    December 24, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman will be questioned again in connection with allegations that he advanced the position of Israel's former ambassador to Belarus in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

    Lieberman resigned last week as foreign...

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