After the election Netanyahu was faced with a dilemma: make a deal with Lieberman that would require little to no idealogical compromising and be forced to deal with a corrupt demagouge hated by Americans and Euoropeans, or make a deal with Livni who had won the most seats, has no corruption cloud over her head and is respected abroad, but who would have demanded idealogical compromises and a rotating prime ministry. Netanyahu picked Lieberman but has given most of Lieberman's job to Barak and Danny Ayalon while Lieberman is sent off to third world countries for photo ops while he waits to get indicted.
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