- Israeli politics have gone haywire due to the contentious relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former protégé/turned leader of Yisrael Beiteinu, Avigdor Lieberman.
- With an early election looming due to Lieberman’s actions, Netanyahu’s political future looks uncertain, and he’s also expected to face charges in a criminal corruption case.
- A political science professor said: “They’ve been going at each other for years.”
- Netanyahu called Lieberman “a serial toppler of governments” and Lieberman said the PM has created a “cult of personality.”
- Recently, Lieberman prevented Netanyahu from forming a coalition government, which “ended in a vote early Thursday morning that dissolved parliament less than two months after elections and triggered another national vote in September.”
- Though Lieberman started as Netanyahu’s aide and worked his way up to launching his own party, the two have had a rocky relationship and differentiated themselves.
- “While the U.S.-educated Netanyahu has cultivated an image as a telegenic and worldly statesman, Lieberman speaks in a dour, Russian-accented monotone. While Netanyahu presents himself as a leader, Lieberman is seen as a master backroom operator.”