Lieberman Indictment: Justified Decision or Political Persecution?

Public poll shows 38% call indictment 'politically motivated'; public split evenly in assessment of Lieberman charges.

The decision to indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu, splits the public equally between those who believe Lieberman is being persecuted politically and those who support the attorney general's decision, according to a Haaretz-Dialog poll.

According to the poll, supervised by Prof. Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University, 38 percent said the decision was justified. Exactly the same percentage said it constituted political persecution. The last 24 percent said they did not know.

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Daniel Bar-On

The poll was conducted among 480 respondents from the general public, with a 4.6-percent margin of error.

To put it mildly, the figure does not show an overabundance of confidence in the justice system, which delayed its decision for quite some time.

The opinion poll was conducted on Tuesday, the day before Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced his decision.

The question was presented to respondents as follows: "Tomorrow, after years of lengthy investigation, the attorney general is about to announce that an indictment is to be issued against Minister Lieberman. In your opinion, is this political persecution or a justified decision?"

Among respondents defining themselves as of Russian origin, 65 percent said the decision was political.

Among those defining themselves as Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox or traditional, 43 percent, 46 percent and 41 percent respectively said they thought the decision was political.