Demise of the top diplomat

Yisrael Beytenu’s Avigdor Liberman may have done a service to Israeli public diplomacy when he announced his departure from the Foreign Ministry Monday.

He did this not by quitting and giving up a chance to remain foreign minister for another few years – Foreign Ministry staff has said that, despite criticism, he ran the ministry well and appointed the right diplomats in the right places.

Rather, the service Liberman did to Israeli public diplomacy came in his words when announcing his resignation. In his diatribe, Liberman repeatedly slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the Right.


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