An Avigdor Lieberman Friday newspaper day

Avigdor Lieberman

To sit in a cafe and read the weekend edition of newspapers is a Friday tradition here in Tel Aviv.

There are two pieces of local news which caught my eye:

1. According to Haaretz, we are going to find out the results of Avigdor Lieberman’s trial on Wednesday.

My thoughts: I hope he loses. Lieberman is one of the worst foreign ministers Israel has had. He is very undiplomatic, to say the least. I also hope that he is replaced with somebody capable and fit for the job. I have said it before and will say it again: its time for the state of Israel to treat the foreign ministry with the same attention and budget allocation that it treats the ministry of defense.

2. Yisrael Beitenu, the party which Lieberman heads is apparently going to have a general meeting in its headquarters on the 24th of November. And reports have it that Lieberman is considering a split from Netanyahu (they are currently running on a joint list)

My thoughts: That could create problems for Netanyahu as Lieberman could threaten to bolt from the coalition government (which he will still be a member of even after a split with Likud) if there is any progress in the peace talks with the Palestinians. So we are either going to see progress in the talks with the Palestinians (less likely) or the chances of early election increase (more likely).

Avigdor Lieberman took over my Friday newspaper day.

Bibi + Obama = The Bibi Twins?

Well, Obama came and went. 

There are numerous memorable moments from his visit.

The one below where Obama took off his jacket and Bibi almost immediately followed him is one.

Avigdor Lieberman‘s absence in nearly all of the important public meetings is another memorable moment and an achievement for majority of the people of Israel.

Perhaps one reason was because Netanyahu and Obama were planning the rapprochement between Israel and Turkey, and they did not want Lieberman to ruin things.

So they just went over his head.

Tis the season after all.

Happy Pass Over Mr Lieberman.