Avigdor Lieberman

Israel’s New Defense Chief Jokes About Curbing His Fiery Nature

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, May 26 – In first remarks as Israel’s designated defense minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: “I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse.” In a more serious vein, the Soviet-born 57-year-old struck a conciliatory note, emphasising “a strong commitment, to the peace, to the final status agreement

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Netanyahu Clinches Coalition Deal, Makes Far-Right Lieberman Defense Chief

JERUSALEM, May 25 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a coalition deal on Wednesday that will make far-right opposition legislator Avigdor Lieberman defense minister and broaden a razor-thin governing majority in parliament, officials said. The agreement on a political partnership will be signed at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT), a negotiator for Lieberman’s ultranationalist

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