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Avigdor Liberman and the Revenge of Danny Ayalon

Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's failure to foresee the bitterness of his ousted Deputy Danny Ayalon, might cost him his political future. 
Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon speaks during an interview with Reuters in Jerusalem August 12, 2009. Israel under right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not resume Turkish-mediated peace talks with Syria, insisting that any new negotiations be direct, Ayalon said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM POLITICS)
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The Israel Defense Forces likes to say that “plans are made to be changed.” In fact, anyone who has ever gone to war knows that plans drawn on sand tables and in planning departments are ground into dust in the heat of battle and nothing goes according to plan.

Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is waging a battle for his political life. Last week he gained an important strategic victory when the state decided to drop the most serious charges against him: money laundering and accepting money from private businessmen while in office, for lack of evidence. At the same time, he suffered a local, tactical defeat when lesser charges, breach of trust and fraud, which had seemed marginal and harmless, turned into an indictment.

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