Likud's merger with Yisrael Beiteinu not only institutionalizes an ideological partnership between Likud and a party that champions the humiliation of the Arab minority and anti-democratic legislation. By placing Avigdor Lieberman, Yisrael Beiteinu's chairman, second on the joint Knesset list, Likud leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a pact with a party whose leader is suspected of several serious crimes.
The draft indictment against the foreign minister, which was prepared a year and a half ago, accuses Lieberman of conducting complex business transactions worldwide through front men, while concealing those activities from the state comptroller and the public, while serving in state positions.
The investigation raises suspicion that moguls funneled millions of dollars to foreign companies under Lieberman's control. Liberman also allegedly harassed a witness and promoted a crony, to whom he passed on sensitive and secret information from the police investigation.
According to the dry letter of the law, as long as he is not indicted or convicted, Lieberman is eligible to serve in any public office and run for the Knesset elections. However, one would expect the prime minister to refrain from placing beside him a man with a charge sheet hanging over his head.
Since Netanyahu has overlooked this moral failure, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is fully responsible for removing the obstacle of Lieberman's indictment from the voting public. In view of the senior position designated for Lieberman in the next government - if the united list forms it - the public must know whether Lieberman will have to exchange the foreign minister's armchair for the defendants' bench.
Weinstein's hesitation every time he is required to decide whether to indict a prominent public figure is understandable. If he decides to charge the man, he will be affecting the voter's decision, harm the man's political career and risk his acquittal. But Lieberman's case has been waiting too long for a decision, while the rest of the considerations - reasonable as they may be - are negligible in contrast to the public interest in ensuring that state leaders are untainted by even the slightest speck of criminal wrongdoing.
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