Avigdor Lieberman to Be Indicted – by Stephen Lendman
A previous article profiled him in-depth, accessed through the following link:
It explained he represents the worst of Israel’s lunatic fringe, sort of a combination Dick Cheney/John McCain/Joe Lieberman, too extremist to be entrusted with power, but he’s got it.
Robert Fisk once said he “out-Sharons even Ariel Sharon. (He’s) talked of drowning Palestinians in the Dead Sea or executing Israeli Palestinians who talked to Hamas. (His) incendiary language (promotes) executions….drownings….hell and loyalty oaths,” perfect for the role he assumed, allied with Israel’s most extremist ever Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also out-Sharons Sharon, no easy feat by any means.
Israel under Netanyahu/Lieberman institutionalized racism in its worst form – potential expulsion or extermination. Gideon Levy called him a “nightmare (who’s) here and now. (Extremist Rabbi Meir) Kahane is alive and kicking – is he ever – in the person of his thuggish successor.”
He promotes “hatred for Arabs, hatred of democracy and the rule of law, and the stink of nationalism, racism and bloodthirstiness. (He’s) the voice of the mob, and the mob craves hatred, vengeance and bloodshed.”
He’s a malignancy on the body politic, a “cancerous growth (throughout) society, (a dangerous, embarrassing) abomination,” one step removed from being Prime Minister.
An unnamed Meretz party member once said “If you liked Mussolini, if you were missing Stalin, you’ll love Lieberman.”
Others call him offensive to basic ethics and morality, and a threat to the rule of law and democratic freedoms. In a word, he’s bad news for Israel, Palestinians, the region, humanity, and Judaic values he defiles with impunity.
Deploring peace, he says those for it “should prepare for war and be strong.” He also believes “tensions within the Muslim world are 95 to 98 percent of all the problems of the Middle East, (the) Israeli-Palestinian conflict account(ing) for two percent.”
In 2006, malfeasance investigations began. On August 2, 2009, police gave prosecutors evidence of fraud, accepting a bribe, money laundering, embezzlement, and obstruction of justice, recommending he be indicted.
Others agree he’s corrupt. On May 24, 2010, Israeli police also recommended charging him with Breach of Trust for receiving classified information about his criminal investigation.
Earlier, on September 24, 2001, in Jerusalem District Court, he admitted attacking a 12-year old boy in December 1999 in the Nokdim settlement who’d hit his son. Charged with assaulting and threatening him, he was convicted, but copped a plea for a fine to avoid harsher punishment.
Several times, he said publicly he’ll resign as Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Israeli Beiteinu leader, but only after a hearing if he agrees to one.
On April 11, Jerusalem Post writer Ron Friedman headlined, “Lieberman indictment expected by end of week,” saying:
“Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein was expected to” indict him for fraud, breach of trust, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
The same day, Haaretz writer Amir Oren headlined, “Liebeman to be served draft indictment for graft in next 24 hours,” saying:
He’ll be indicted on the above charges and “be granted (the) right to a hearing before” charges are filed. If he chooses one, he won’t have to resign his posts. However, if he doesn’t “to prevent exposing his line of defense….an indictment will be served against him which may bear serious consequences to his role” in government.
Since police investigations and intelligence division head Yoav Segalovich recommended indictment, his case continued for over 18 months. Segalovich wants him charged with bribery, fraud, money laundering, breach of trust, witness harassment, and obstruction of justice.
Police believe he got over ten million New Israeli Shekels (NIS) in bribes from Martin Schlaff, Michael Chernoy, and other businessmen. He then laundered the money through shell companies and fictitious overseas bank accounts.
Police also recommended he be accused of breach of trust, relating to Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, Ze’ev Ben Aryeh, who showed him “secret documents from the investigation against” him.
In negotiations with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, bribery accusations may have been dropped, what’s not known for sure until indictment specifics are announced. However, for money laundering alone, he can receive 10 years in prison, plus more if convicted on all charges. For one of Israel’s worst, life without parole would be too lenient.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.