Lieberman quits Foreign Ministry; won’t join Netanyahu government

Avigdor Lieberman announced Monday that he will be quitting his post as foreign minister, and that his Yisrael Beiteinu party will not be part of the next government.

Speaking at a press conference, Lieberman said the coalition being formed was not a national government but "a government that is the embodiment of opportunism."

"Our dilemma was principles, not seats," Lieberman said. "We had no problem with the ministerial positions, and we did indeed receive the Foreign Ministry in full during negotiations, along with the Immigrant Absorption Ministry. In addition, we have reached the clear and unequivocal conclusion that it would not be right from our perspective to join the present coalition."


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