In 2009, on this day President Shimon Peres asked Avigdor Lieberman (pictured) to form a new government following the assassination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Cometh the hour, cometh the manDuring Netanyahu's first administration Mr Lieberman (born Evet Lvovich Liberman) served as Chief of Staff, gaining the full trust of the now demised Prime Minister. After the 1999 election, Lieberman formed the ultra-right wing Yisrael Beiteinu Party, issuing a number of extreme policy proposals.
"The exchange of territories and populations will help us form a Jewish, homogeneous state. We promised to establish a Palestinian state free of Jews, but in the meanwhile, we ourselves are turning into a bi-national state with a minority of more than 20% Arabs"
- "Who is a Jew?" legislation advocated by the hard-core Orthodox to delegitimatise Reform and Conservative Judaism
- Trade Israeli-Arab populated areas for Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria creating a unified Zionist state. Specifically, Lieberman would hand over the Um El-Fahm area of the southern Galilee, known as the Triangle, to foreign sovereignty. By thus redrawing Israel's borders, he wishes to retain Israel's overwhelming Jewish majority.
- A new security model based upon the "Cyprus" solution. "Before 1974, the Greeks and Turks lived together and there were frictions and bloodshed and terror. After 1974, they constituted all Turks on one part of the island, all Greeks on the other part of the island and there is stability and security".
- More robust Iran policy. Israel is on the "front line of a clash of civilizations between the free world and extremist Islam, [Iran] is the base of an axis of evil which is a problem for all the world. Every week, the president of Iran declares his intention to destroy us".
After the fall of the Labour Government in 2001, Lieberman since served in numerous roles in the government, including as Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Affairs Minister.
As the leader of the incoming Israel Government, it remains only for us to see which of his plans he will actualize to deal with these perceived threat. Moderates fear many of these policy fears will be recast as opportunities with America fighting the H1N1 epidemic following President Obama's death from swine flu after a visit to Mexico in April