Bibi’s naming of Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister brings the long-simmering tensions between Israel’s military and civilian leaderships to a boil, J.J. Goldberg writes.
Across the spectrum, Israelis see their new defense minister as a dangerous extremist. But Washington is taking a pragmatic let’s-do-business approach.
(JTA) — Avigdor Liberman’s appointment as Israel’s defense minister was quickly condemned by opposition lawmakers, who warned of a severe fallout at home and abroad. “The citizens of Israel should be worried about a rightist coalition that will bring Israel to very dangerous places,” said opposition leader Isaac Herzog at an event Wednesday hosted by the Israel Democracy…
Avigdor Lieberman — arguably the biggest loudmouth in Israel — is also a reasonable politician, Gregg Roman writes.
In first remarks as Israel’s designated defense minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: “I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse.”
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.
Israel’s government is trying to reassert control over a military that’s been acting like an alternate source of authority, J.J. Goldberg writes.
Following reports of his imminent replacement, Moshe Ya’alon resigned as Israel’s defense minister citing distrust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Obama administration has remained silent regarding the political makeover of Netanyahu’s coalition government, which is set to put right-wing leader Avigdor Lieberman in charge of Israel’s defense ministry and push out Moshe Yaalon, a former military chief of staff and Likud party pragmatist, from the position he’d been holding since 2013.
It may be true that all votes are counted equally, but in the final analysis, there might be only one that really counts. J.J. Goldberg explains why.