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Liberman: I Am Unfazed by Indictment, Confident I’ll Return to Foreign Ministry

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday said he is not concerned about upcoming legal proceedings against him and he is confident he will return to his former post as foreign minister.

Liberman resigned from his ministerial position last month after the state attorney announced his intention to file an indictment against him over what then appeared to be relatively minor allegations of breach of trust and fraud. Earlier this week the state prosecution formally indicted Liberman on fraud and breach of trust charges.

“I am confident that I will be party chairman and I will return to the position of foreign minister,” Israel Radio quoted him saying at a Yisrael Beytenu party conference. He said that examination of the testimony against him yielded numerous conflicting statements.

If found guilty, and if judges find that moral turpitude was involved, Liberman, could be barred from holding public office for up to seven years.

Liberman also responded Wednesday to the united Likud-Beytenu list’s drop in pre-election polls, saying that an internally-conducted survey by pollster Yossi Vadana yielded more propitious results.

“In our poll we receive 37 or 38 seats, but in reality we’ll receive more than 40,” he said.

A Dialog poll published in Haaretz on Wednesday forecast 34 seats for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Liberman’s list, five fewer than an identical poll conducted a month earlier.

He added that Likud-Beytenu must win at least 45 seats in order to form a government impervious to blackmail by smaller parties.

Source: Times Of Israel

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