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Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Trouble looms for Israel coalition

Israel's new government has found itself in increasing turmoil even before it has been sworn in, with coalition partner Yisrael Beiteinu already threatening to pull out.

The Yisrael Beiteinu website posted a statement on Tuesday warning that Avigdor Lieberman, the party's leader, would pull out if he is not given the foreign ministry as promised.

Recent rumours have suggested Netanyahu's Likud party could reclaim the foreign ministry, having promised it to Lieberman, and award it to Silvan Shalom, a Likud official.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 09:05:09 AM EST
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I think they've oversimplified the situation. Here is a more detailed explanation. Basically, Lieberman seems certain to be foreign minister.  But he may soon be charged with corruption, in which case he may have to step down. The fight is over whether the position will be guaranteed ahead of time to someone else in his party, or not.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 09:15:49 AM EST
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Yisrael Beiteinu: Not giving up Foreign Ministry - Israel News, Ynetnews
"Anyone counting on the fact that Lieberman will be dismissed from the post following an investigation needs to take into account that (an investigation) would take at least 13 years," said a party spokeswoman who noted that investigations against the chairman had begun as early as 1996.
The mind boggles.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 31st, 2009 at 09:23:24 AM EST
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