LIVE UPDATES: Netanyahu Offers Hardliner Avigdor Lieberman Position of Defense Minister in Expanded Coalition

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Netanyahu, Lieberman and Ya'alon in the Knesset.
Netanyahu, Lieberman and Ya'alon in the Knesset, 2014. Olivier Fitoussi

At the end of a day of political shock and upheaval, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman was on Wednesday night said to be close to accepting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of the defense minister post and bringing his party into the coalition.