Israel's foreign minister, under fire for trying to oust his ambassador to Washington (search) over "the Madonna scandal," was advised yesterday to quit.

Silvan Shalom "would have resigned in any properly governed state," legislator Ilan Shalgi fumed in Jerusalem.

It was alleged last week that Shalom wanted to fire Danny Ayalon because he failed to arrange a meeting between Shalom's wife and Madonna (search) when the performer visited Israel last year.

Shalom, in his first public response, defended his wife on Sunday and said Ayalon would be allowed to finish his three-year term this summer — but would not be reappointed