Israel's Lieberman suggests he'll quit politics if convicted in fraud and breach of trust case

Published January 14, 2013

| Associated Press

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.

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