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Meet Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Controversial New Defense Minister

Avigdor Lieberman's agreement to join the cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rattling many in the Middle East

Tel Aviv Diary: Defense Switch Sends Chills Through Israel

It has not been an easy week for liberal Tel Aviv. On Wednesday morning, a final agreement was reached in Israel between the Likud (the party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) and Yisrael Beiteinu (the party of Avigdor Lieberman). Now something...Show More Summary

Netanyahu, Liberman Agree on Jewish Home Party Joining Ruling Coalition

According to local media reports, Benjamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi (The Jewish Home) leader Avigdor Liberman signed a political partnership agreement that appoints Liberman as the country's defense minister and includes his faction in the governing coalition.

Avigdor Lieberman Named Israeli Defense Minister as Party Joins Coalition

18 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

The nomination was the main condition for adding Yisrael Beiteinu’s seats to Benjamin Netanyahu’s alliance, a move that underlines the government’s hawkish image.

Israeli Coalition Deal Agreed With Far-Right Lieberman to Become Defense Minister

22 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed a deal to expand his coalition and bring far-right former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman into the government, an Israeli official said on Wednesday. An Israeli official, speaking...Show More Summary

Israeli official says deal reached to expand government

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a deal to expand his coalition government by bringing in the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and appointing its leader Avigdor Lieberman as the new defense minister, a government official said Wednesday. Moshe Leon, a representative for Lieberman, said the deal will be signed later in the […]

Israel's Lieberman agrees terms to join Netanyahu government: spokesman

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Far-right Israeli opposition lawmaker Avigdor Lieberman has agreed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on terms for joining the coalition government as its new defense minister, Lieberman's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Israeli Leader’s Party Reaches Coalition Expansion With Right-Wing Faction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal with his former foreign minister’s right-wing party to expand the ruling coalition that may be signed as soon as Wednesday, the Israeli press reported, quoting ruling party sources.

‘Lack of Clarity’: Netanyahu’s Finances Raise ‘Fear of Criminality’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under fire on Tuesday, after an official government watchdog released a report revealing that his travel expenses prior to taking office raise a “fear of criminality.”

Palestine Refuses From Direct Talks With Israel

The Palestinian Authority rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to hold direct talks, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

Israel: Netanyahu reiterates opposition to French peace initiative

Ma’an News Agency | – – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated on Monday his rejection of a French initiative for an international peace conference to solve the Israeli-Palestinian…

Religious zealots ready for takeover of Israeli army

In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defense minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Yaalon warned: “Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel.” He wasShow More Summary

Netanyahu Suggests Israel-Palestine Talks Instead of Int'l Conference

Paris should host direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders rather that a multilateral conference on the issue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

Netanyahu Vows to Continue Reconciliation With Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Sunday that his course toward reaching reconciliation with Palestinians would not be affected by the expansion of the country's ruling coalition with a right-wing party.

Israel’s Netanyahu Replies to Officers’ Charges of Fascism, Makes Far Right Lieberman Their Boss

3 days agoNews : Truthdig

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bolstered his majority and rid himself of a troublesome voice of conscience Thursday by appointing the extremist Avigdor Lieberman minister of defense.

After shakeup, Israeli PM says he still strives for peace

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says his government will continue pushing for peace with the Palestinians, even after adding an ultranationalist party to its ranks. Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be trying Sunday to soothe fears over the appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as the new defense minister. Lieberman is one of Israel’s most polarizing politicians […]

Benjamin Netanyahu Did It Again

For weeks now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been engaged in public negotiations designed to bring Isaac Herzog, Chair of the "centrist" Zionist Union bloc, into his coalition government. And then, out of the blue, Netanyahu...Show More Summary

What's Behind Lieberman's Return to Israeli Gov't as Defense Minister

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon announced his resignation over "the lack of trust" in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's policies and is likely to be replaced by former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. In an interview with Sputnik, political analyst Ofer Zalzberg and Fatah member Abbas Zaki commented on the issue.

Israel defence minister quits and blames Netanyahu of fanning extremism

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Israel's defence minister resigned Friday, saying extremists had taken over the country, after he clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the army's handling of a wave of Palestinian violence. Moshe Yaalon said he no longer...Show More Summary

Israel Defense Chief Quits, Warns Of 'Extremist' Rise Under Netanyahu

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Israel's defense minister resigned on Friday, saying the nation was being taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an effort to strengthen...Show More Summary

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