Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It's official - Knesset approves Liberman as Defense Minister

On the day that Americans memorialized their war veterans, Israel welcomed its most hawkish Defense Minister in its modern history.

The Knesset voted on Monday to approve Avigdor Liberman’s appointment as Defense Minister.

The Yisrael Beytenu chief was approved 55 to 43 in a Knesset vote that largely followed party lines. One member of the governing Likud party, however, abstained from the vote – Benny Begin.

Yisrael Beytenu’s other ministerial appointment was also approved by the Knesset on Monday. Sofa Landver was approved as Minister of Aliyah (Jewish immigration) – a position of particular importance for the Yisrael Beytenu party, which relies heavily on the support of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. (Read More)