Yisrael Beiteinu leader and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that he was hurt and disappointed at the stance taken by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Likud that the Knesset need not investigate funding sources of leftist groups. Lieberman attempted last week to advance appointment of a government commission of inquiry on the matter, but Netanyahu balked.
Prior to the government's meeting Sunday, Lieberman said that he felt that there was an attempt to delegtimize his party over the commission. “I respect the Prime Minister, and I was surprise when he said the Knesset should not set up this commission,” Lieberman said. “The current government has sponsored 25 investigative commissions, and the Prime Minister and the Likud have supported them all. They even supported a commission suggested by Ahmed Tibi to investigate how many Arabs were working in the public service,” he added.