Basic Law: Don't Mess With Lieberman

Why are MKs refusing to publicly criticize Lieberman's potential appointment as finance minister?

Many MKs are refusing to comment on the record about Avigdor Lieberman's potential appointment as the next finance minister, though they are criticizing the move in private. "We will wait until things are clearer," a few said.

As long as the make-up of the new coalition is still unclear, members of Labor, Kadima, Shas and Likud have no desire to attack the potential appointment.

If Likud or Kadima members were to make negative comments about Lieberman, it could torpedo their leaders' attempts to form a new government.

Even within Labor there are few MKs ready to express negative opinions about the man. Despite the declarations that the party will spend the next four years in the opposition, they still may enter a coalition with Lieberman, in theory.

Even Shas, whose spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called Lieberman "Satan," has been keeping silent.

After all, Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu are likely to wind up sitting in the same cabinet.

Even United Torah Judaism is saying nothing: After all, why fight now with the next finance minister when that party is expected to win the Knesset Finance Committee chairmanship if it joins the coalition?

Meretz will sit in the opposition, but it is busy licking its wounds, and Lieberman's appointment is not at the top of its agenda.

However, former Meretz head Yossi Sarid did not hesitate to speak his mind: "There is something appropriate in the appointment of Lieberman as finance minister. This continues the tradition of appointing finance ministers suspected of criminal actions. Netanyahu is continuing Olmert's tradition. Olmert appointed Abraham Hirchson, and Netanyahu will appoint Lieberman," said Sarid.

"Appointing Lieberman to the treasury is not even allowing the cat to watch the cream - it is allowing a wildcat to guard the mice," added Sarid.