'We have to stop discussing Elor Azariya'

Defense Minister Liberman says he and IDF Chief of Staff Eizenkot respect each other but don't agree on whether to pardon convicted soldier.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) spoke about the various bills proposed which involve Israel Police, and said he would act in accordance with the coalition's decision.

"I deal with two things: security and settlements," Liberman told Army Radio. "I am not a universal minister or expert. We will do what the coalition decides. This political culture of everyone dealing with every topic is incorrect. Every minister must deal with his field, the coalition's leaders need to deal with coalition matters, and everyone else must support them."

Liberman also attacked former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon for his response to the submarine affair.

"He should have acted while he was Defense Minister, if there was something that needed to be done," Liberman explained. "We did not hear a single tweet or comment to the media, until he left office. All of these issues, especially sensitive Cabinet meetings, it's all recorded. You can see how he's expressed himself on all these issues."

Regarding the disagreement between himself and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot about whether or not convicted IDF soldier Elor Azariya should be pardoned, Liberman said, "We're both older, and set in our views. We respect each other's perspectives. What can we do? I see things completely differently than he does. We have to stop discussing the issue."

Slamming former Defense Minister and Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Liberman said no other Defense Minister would have even thought to request a pardon for Azariya.

"When you hear Ehud Barak speak about values and an ethical code, it's like hearing a joke," he said.

Elor Azariya was convicted of manslaughter in January for shooting a wounded terrorist he suspected of having an explosive vest.