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Kahlon backs Liberman for defense minister, praises Ya’alon

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) is backing the expected appointment of Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman as defense minister.

“I am opposed to attempts to discredit Liberman; he will be evaluated and judged solely on his performance as minister,” says Kahlon.

The finance minister also praises Ya’alon.

“The State of Israel owes a great debt to Ya’alon,” he says. “I hope that Ya’alon will be given a senior, key position in the coalition, and continue to be a member of the [security] cabinet. His contribution to the government is critical.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (left) and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon at the weekly cabinet meeting at PM Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on January 24, 2016. (Ohad Zwigenberg/POOL)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (left) and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon at the weekly cabinet meeting at PM Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem on January 24, 2016. (Ohad Zwigenberg/POOL)

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