With the trial of former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman set to begin Sunday, MK Merav Michaeli (Labor) penned a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and asked him that that the foreign minister portfolio not be set aside for Lieberman in order to allow employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to testify at the trial without fear of retaliation.
Michaeli wrote, "As you know, tomorrow, the trial of Lieberman will begin. Many of the prosecution's witnesses are workers from the Foreign Ministry, including members of the Nominating Committee office. Lieberman's statement, which did not receive any denial by you, creates a situation in which civil servants employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be summoned to the witness stand knowing that the person who may be hurt by their testimony is likely to determine their professional future shortly afterwards. These are witnesses, the responsibility lies on their shoulders, and this is of serious concern and taints the legal process. "