Liberman denies agreeing to join government, demands spot on war cabinet as condition

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Then-defense minister Avigdor Liberman (left) and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, on October 23, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Then-defense minister Avigdor Liberman (left) and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, on October 23, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

In a dramatic turn, Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman denies agreeing to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s emergency government, as was announced earlier this evening by Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Liberman says he is unsatisfied with the offer to join the security cabinet and instead wants a position on the small war cabinet, which currently comprises Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and newly joined minister Benny Gantz.

“I am ready to join the war cabinet in order to bring victory, as swiftly as possible. I have no intention of being the 38th minister in the government and be used as a fig leaf,” Liberman writes on X.

“We support and will continue to support the government’s actions that are meant to eliminate Hamas and Hamas leaders,” he adds.

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