Published January 14, 2013
JERUSALEM – Israel's hard-line former foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is indicating he would quit politics if convicted in his breach of trust and fraud case.
Such a decision could shake up the Israeli political system, because Lieberman is the driving force behind his kingmaker party, Yisrael Beiteinu.
Lieberman told Army Radio on Monday that he agrees with a political ally's recent assertion that if convicted, the former Cabinet minister should not stay in politics.
Lieberman says that "there have to be very clear norms," but quickly adds: "I am sure I will be cleared in the end."
Lieberman stepped down last month, shortly after the charges were filed, but remains in parliament and is expected to be re-elected to the legislature.
No date has been set for the start of his trial.