Daily Israel Report

Lieberman: I Have No Regrets

As police threaten to indict him for bribery, FM Lieberman says he regrets nothing, and he expects to remain in office for several years.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/3/2009, 9:01 PM / Last Update: 8/4/2009, 8:08 AM

As police announced plans to indict him for bribery, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he has no regrets. “I am at peace with everything that I have done. If I had the chance to do things over, I would do it all the same way,” he said, in a meeting of the Constitution, Law and Justice committee.

Lieberman expressed no concern over the possibility that he will be indicted. On the contrary, the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) head said he was happy. “I am glad that after many efforts, and the Supreme Court petition I filed, the investigation has finally reached a conclusion,” he said. Earlier this year Lieberman filed a court case against police for allegedly dragging out an investigation into his affairs for more than a decade.

If Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decides to file an indictment against Lieberman, he will step down, he promised. Until then, he plans to remain in office. However, Lieberman said, he does not expect to be indicted and expressed confidence that he would complete his term in office.

Moreover, he said, he expects the Yisrael Beiteinu party to gain popularity despite the affair. In the next elections, the party will win over 20 seats, he predicted.

Police announced Sunday that they recommend Lieberman be indicted for taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust, money laundering, and more. Mazuz will summon Lieberman for a hearing before deciding whether or not to file an indictment. He is expected to make his decision in the upcoming months.