Yacimovich on Lieberman Indictment: I Won't Serve in Government With Someone Facing Prosecution

Labor Party head condemns the foreign minister for his indictment on counts of fraud and breach of trust; Yisrael Beiteinu responds: Labor is 'the last party' that should preach morality.

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"I won't join a government with someone sitting on the defendant's bench, who has been indicted," said Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich on Friday morning, referring to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is set to be indicted on counts of fraud and breach of trust.

"I cannot believe that a person can sit on the defendant's bench, and serve as a minister in the government at the same time," continued Yacimovich.

In response, Yisrael Beiteinu, the party headed by Lieberman, released a statement. "The Labor Party's candidate list, includes Moshe Mizrahi, who was dismissed from his position for operating an illegal wiretap, Issac (Bouzi) Herzog, who kept quiet during the investigations into Barak's campaign contributions, and Shelly Yacimovich and Miki Rosenthal – who didn’t wait even a half hour before making the move from journalism to politics. This is the last list that should be preaching morality."

On Thursday, Yacimovich called for Lieberman to resign immediately. "Lieberman must step down at this time. If he doesn't, [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu should dismiss him and put a different candidate in his place on Likud Beiteinu's candidate list."

"It is forbidden – legally and morally, that Avigdor Lieberman stay in his position even one more minute," wrote Yacimovich on her Facebook page on Thursday.

Yacimovich has in the past refused to rule out joining a government headed by Netanyahu after the elections. 

Shelly Yacimovich during a meeting of the Knesset's Finance Committee, August 29, 2012.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

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