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OPINION/Lieberman speaks

Posted by alicemarziali su 10 aprile, 2009



LiePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was sworn in only a week ago. It is busy forging its policies and organizing, a difficult task considering the crowd of ministers and their deputies. It is natural that Netanyahu and his senior ministers, including the ministers of defense and finance, are waiting until those policies are forged before making pronouncements prophesizing the government’s lifespan and intentions. Into the vacuum barges Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, talking and talking. Someone on the outside might get the impression that Lieberman is the true prime minister, and what he says goes.

The Americans have already responded to Lieberman’s worrisome pronouncements regarding diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinians. World and regional diplomacy is greater than the Israeli foreign minister. This is the playing court of Barack Obama and Hosni Mubarak.

The most telling context to evaluate Lieberman’s comments is that of domestic politics: Lieberman pledged to his party that he will be foreign minister for four and a half years, until the next scheduled Knesset elections. Thus, he does not believe there will be a crisis between Obama and Netanyahu, or between Netanyahu and Lieberman after Netanyahau and Obama become closer, which would push the Yisrael Beiteinu leader to resign for political reasons.

To this must be added Lieberman’s remarks on personal and criminal matters. Lieberman has enjoyed – the term is appropriate based on Lieberman’s own accounts – many hours in police interrogation offices in his first few days since taking office. This is the last phase of the investigation into allegations that he committed serious infractions. His prediction of a long tenure shows one of two things: Either he believes he will not be indicted after the police investigation, the state prosecutor’s examination and the attorney general’s decision, or that he will be indicted, but he will try to ignore the custom that has prevailed since the 1993 Aryeh Deri affair, and will not resign. In such a case the High Court would certainly be petitioned, but the attorney general, prime minister and justice minister should each clarify the fate of any minister who is indicted. Lieberman’s remarks transfer the burden of proof to Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch of Yisrael Beiteinu, who attained his post under Lieberman’s aegis. It is not enough for Aharonovitch to exclude himself from reports on the questioning of officials. He can control the police (and the Prisons Service) by promoting and appointing officers, including those in the interrogation units. Aharonovitch must pledge not to consult Lieberman on matters pertaining to the Public Security Ministry. Lieberman may talk, within the boundaries of good taste. Aharonovitch must not listen.




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