Israeli Minister Lieberman Denies Offering Fee to Have Cop Killed

The allegations by Yossi Kamisa, a former activist in Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party, were aired by Israel's Channel 13 on Thursday

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Avigdor Lieberman.
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A former activist in the Yisrael Beitenu party claimed in an interview aired Thursday that Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads the party, had asked him to kill a police major general in exchange for money. Lieberman denies the allegations.

In an interview part of which aired Thursday on Israel's Channel 13 News, Yossi Kamisa claimed that Lieberman said, "I'm ready to pay $100,000 to murder that officer."

Kamisa also claimed that he worked as Lieberman's personal assistant. The finance minister flatly denied the claims and said that Kamisa never worked for him. The information provided by Kamisa was provided a month ago to Lahav 433, the anti-fraud unit of the Israel Police.

"He was involved in what was happening at the Israel Police," Kamisa said of Lieberman. "He also had information from the officers, the officers within the Israel Police, the most senior [of them]. They knew that there was one [police] superintendent officer who would report to him about everything that happened in the interrogation room," Kamisa alleged.

Kamisa also said Lieberman was aware that the police were eavesdropping on him. When asked by his interviewer, Channel 13's Ayala Hasson, Kamisa denied that he had been sent on behalf of a political party. He also offered to take a lie detector test to back up his allegations,

Lieberman threatened to file a defamation suit against Kamisa and called the allegations "a malicious and planned step as part of a campaign against me and against Yisrael Beiteinu."

Kamisa had only been active in the party before it was actually established and for a short time after it came into existence, said Lieberman, who added that the last time he had spoken to Kamisa was 18 to 20 years ago. Lieberman, who said that Kamisa was a former police officer, also posed the question as to why the former party activist had not reported such a statement to the police, as the law required.

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