Ayalon: I Am Not Taking Revenge on Lieberman
Former Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon denied Thursday that he was testifying against former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the latter's corruption trial as a way of “getting back” at his ex-boss. “This is not about revenge. It is not my way to take revenge on someone. There is a truth here, and I hope that things will be clarified today.”
Lieberman has been accused of promoting former ambassador to Belarus Zeev Ben Aryeh for a post in Latvia, after Ben Aryeh leaked information to Lieberman on police investigations against him. Lieberman allegedly pushed for Ben Aryeh to receive the Latvia post without disclosing that he had received the information. During his testimony Thursday, Ayalon described a discussion he had with Lieberman about the matter, in which he quoted the former Foreign Minister as saying that Ben Aryeh “must” receive the Latvia post. The two discussed the matter in a second meeting, and again Lieberman "strongly suggested" that Ben Aryeh be appointed to the post.
Ayalon is the prosecution's last witness in the corruption trial against Lieberman. Next week, the defense will begin to present its side.
Other witnesses against Lieberman included two members of the panel responsible for appointments in the Foreign Ministry. The panel members said that they did not receive specific instructions to appoint Ben Aryeh, although Lieberman was very supportive of his appointment, as well as several others.