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Netanyahu’s fate now in the hands of Liberman

Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Liberman knows that he now holds the keys for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition; without him, Netanyahu does not have a majority.
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These are most important days in the life of Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Liberman, Israel’s most enigmatic politician. Liberman emigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union at the age of 20 and, against all odds, served in the following positions: head of the prime minister’s office, national infrastructure minister, transportation minister, foreign minister and defense minister. Now he’s the one who holds the keys to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's future, perhaps even the future of the entire state.

It had seemed that Liberman had already done everything he could and that in the last two campaigns he had run out of steam and exhausted his political career. It had seemed clear that he would never break the armored glass ceiling that prevents people like him from reaching the top.

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