Lieberman quits, avoiding being part of Netanyahu government

Lieberman says he will not be part of new Netanyahu government as he quits from his post of foreign ministry

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said his Yisrael Beiteinu Party wouldn't appear in the next cabinet of Israel’s incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by also resigning from his post of foreign ministership.

Lieberman was quoted by Israeli daily Haaretz on Monday as he was accusing new Israeli government, which is in the process of being formed by the new-elected PM Netanyahu, of being "the embodiment of opportunism."

"This coalition does not reflect the positions of the Zionist camp, and it is not to our taste, to say the least," Lieberman said in a press conference three days ahead of the deadline for cabinet’s forming by Netanyahu.

"Our dilemma was principles, not seats," Lieberman was quoted as saying by Haaretz in his press conference.

"We had no problem with the ministerial positions, and we did indeed receive the Foreign Ministry in full during negotiations, along with the Immigrant Absorption Ministry. In addition, we have reached the clear and unequivocal conclusion that it would not be right from our perspective to join the present coalition," Lieberman was also cited by the Israeli daily.

Lieberman is expected to continue serving as Israeli foreign minister for the next two days before his resignation goes into effect.

In the recent Israeli parliamentary election held in March, the right-wing Likud Party led-by won 30 seats in the 120 seats Israeli Parliament Knesset whereas its main rival left-wing the Zionist Union Party got only 24 seats.

The Likud Party needs to get at least half of the Knesset seats in order to form the next Israeli cabinet, a mission that was entrusted to Netanyahu by the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin last month.

Last week, Netanyahu had agreed to form a coalition government with centrist Kulanu Party and the ultra-orthodox United Torah Judaism Party.

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