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  Lieberman quits Foreign Ministry, won't join Netanyahu government
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 04, 2015 12:37pm
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AuthorJonathan Lis
MediaNewspaper - Ha Aretz
News DateMonday, May 4, 2015 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAvigdor Lieberman announced Monday that he will be quitting his post as foreign minister, and that his Yisrael Beiteinu party will not be part of the next government.

Speaking at a press conference three days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's deadline for forming a coalition, Lieberman said the government in the process of being formed "is 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, adding that there was plenty the party could do from the opposition benches.

He cited the controversial Jewish nation-state bill, which defines Jewishness as the default nature of the country whenever it clashes with Israel's democratic character. Lieberman complained the bill had fallen off the agenda for the current Knesset, which was voted in on March 17, and also said the government being formed has "no intention of overthrowing the Hamas regime."

Lieberman will continue to serve as foreign minister for the next two days before his resignation goes into effect.

Netanyahu could take over the Foreign Ministry portfolio until the next government is formed, without neglecting an interim minister, or could appoint the deputy foreign minister - Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who was suspended from the Knesset in 2010 over perjury - to fill Lieberman's spot.
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