I’m not sure which saying is more appropriate for this post: there’s (no) honor among thieves; or hell hath no fury like a woman (or politician) scorned.
The Dynamic Duo of Avigdor Lieberman and Danny Ayalon, instead of being like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, appear more like Othello and Iago. No sooner had Avigdor Lieberman announced he was abandoning Danny Ayalon as his deputy foreign minister and number two in Yisrael Beitenu than Ayalon began singing to the Israeli police about Lieberman’s role in the scandal that brought charges against him. In return for information about the status of the case against him, Lieberman promoted an Israeli diplomat to be ambassador to Latvia.
Ayalon, as the good number two he was, knew where the bodies were buried. On the strength of his new testimony, the prosecutor is considering more serious charges against Lieberman. This would mean that there would be no speedy trial as Lieberman had hoped and his legal woes, which have lasted for twelve years, would continue long after the January election.
Today’s latest polls show Likud-Beitenu results dropping drastically at least in part due to Lieberman’s continuing legal predicament. From the current 42 seats both parties have, they are now polling at only 35 seats. Parties even farther to the right are picking up those former Likud voters who are defecting. It would still mean Bibi would form the next government, but it would be a more volatile, more right-leaning coalition.
Unfortunately, the charges that were much more serious and involved bribes worth tens of millions from foreign investors to companies connected to Lieberman and family members, have been dropped. The state prosecutor has done the equivalent of dropping murder charges but charging the murderer with littering for leaving the murder weapon next to the body.