Lieberman says he will leave politics if convicted

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, under indictment for fraud and breach of trust, said in an Army Radio interview this week that he would resign from politics if he is convicted.

Lieberman remains head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and is No. 2 on the combined Knesset list of his party and Likud (behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) for the Jan. 22 elections.

In the interview, he said he would step down even though it is not required by law. However, he would have to resign if a conviction carries moral turpitude.

Lieberman resigned at the end of December as foreign minister shortly before his indictment for allegedly advancing the position of Zeev Ben Aryeh, Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, in exchange for information on an investigation against him.  — jta