Following Indictment, Opposition Leaders Call for Lieberman's Resignation

Labor Party says foreign minister 'endangers and still endangers the rule of law;' Yair Lapid says Lieberman can no longer represent Israel to the world.

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Following Foreign Minister's Avigdor Lieberman's indictment of breach of trust, several political parties called for him to resign on Thursday.

The Labor Party stated that Lieberman's conduct, both legally and morally, "endangered and still endangers Israeli democracy and the rule of law."

Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich announced Thursday she would demand Lieberman's resignation if an indictment were served, even if only in the ambassador case. "Even if a decision would be made not to indict [Lieberman] in the main affair and only indict in the seemingly small ambassador affair, we would demand Lieberman would resign immediately as required by law."

In a published statement, she described Lieberman as a "particularly extreme and corrupt individual." Referring to Lieberman's recent attacks on the Palestinian Authority and the European Union, Yacimovich said his actions seem peculiar, but actually are aimed at drawing the public attention from his legal issues.

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid also called on Thursday for Lieberman's resignation, saying "it is unthinkable that a man who the AG said has brought harm to the public and has operated with a conflict of interests will keep his government post and keep representing Israel around the world."

On Thursday, Meretz chairwoman Zahava Gal-On made it clear that if the foreign minister refuses to resign, following an indictment, she would appeal to the High Court of Justice. "The High Court ruled that a cabinet minister must behave ethically and with integrity, but Lieberman demonstrated corruption, thuggery and the breaching of public trust."

"Lieberman's attacks in recent days against the European community," she continued, "prove that every day that he stays in office causes irreversible damage to the State of Israel."

Yair Lapid, running for Knesset with his new party 'Yesh Atid' (There is a future).Credit: Alon Ron

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