As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Sunday, August 02, 2009

What Do You Know About That

The most unyieldingly racist member of Israel's right-wing government is also facing a potential indictment:

Israeli police Sunday recommended that the state indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of bribery, fraud, money laundering, witness harassment and obstruction of justice.

A spokesman for the Justice Ministry said the file now moves to the state prosecutor's office and then to attorney General Menachem Mazuz who must approve the recommendation before Lieberman is formally indicted. That process could take weeks or even months. If the foreign minister is indicted he will have to resign, according to Israeli law.

Lieberman released a combative statement after the police announcement.

"For 13 years the police have conducted a campaign of persecution against me," he said. "As much as my political strength and the strength of (my party) Yisrael Beitenu rise, the campaign of persecution also intensifies."

He said he was innocent of all charges and called the investigation "judicial torture."

I didn't see the persecution complex coming.

Benjamin Netanyahu's government will still probably orient themselves against peace and toward kicking Palestinians out of their homes in East Jerusalem and building settlements on occupied land, as they have been doing, most recently today. But getting a racist like Lieberman out of government would have an undeniably positive effect.

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