Report: Liberman Offered Defense Ministry

Former FM reportedly offered Ya'alon's post to lure Yisrael Beytenu back into government; Liberman apparently turned the role down.

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Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin, | updated: 20:39

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has received an offer to rejoin the government in spite of his retirement, Channel 2 reported Saturday night. 

Liberman stated in private conversations that the Defense Ministry may have been offered to him, at the expense of Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, in order to bring him and his Yisrael Beytenu party into the government as soon as possible, according to the news agency. 

Liberman refused the offer, however, and allegedly claimed that the proposal "was not relevant to the terms of the current government," which he stated he opposed upon his statement of resignation

Meanwhile, Likud sources stated to Arutz Sheva Saturday night that the coalition negotiations have brought a huge victory for the party, with 12 MKs serving in ministerial positions (of a total of 20), versus just 7 Likud MKs who served from 22 ministers during the previous government.

The decision to expand the Cabinet from 18 to 20 ministers, meanwhile, will be brought before the Knesset on Monday for vote, and only then will Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu begin to dole out roles.