Israel is reeling from yet another political scandal. This time, its foreign minister is in the firing line.
Ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman is facing possible corruption charges, although the process could take up to a year.
“It is obviously not a very happy day when a high-elected official, such charges are brought against him,” said Jerusalem resident David Chinitz. “What frustrates me is the length of time that it takes.”
Israeli political analyst Amots Asael feels the looming legal action could be a chance for Benjamin Netanyahu to reshape his government. The theory goes that by shedding Lieberman’s hardliners, Israel would be free to make a fresh go at the peace process, thus responding to US pressure.
“The legal circumstances right now have made it opportune for Netanyahu to consider reshuffling his entire political situation; letting Lieberman’s faction leave and inviting, in its place into his coalition, the much more moderate Kadima faction,” Asael said.
Suspected of receiving the equivalent of more than 830,000 euros illicitly while in public office, Lieberman denies any wrongdoing.