JERUSALEM — Israel’s powerful foreign minister resisted calls to resign Thursday, after he was charged with breach of trust in a fraud and money-laundering case threatening to upend the Israeli political system just a month before parliamentary elections.
Avigdor Lieberman, who escaped more serious charges, said that the law does not require him to resign.
“According to my legal counsel, I do not have to resign, but at the end of the day, I will make a final decision together with my lawyers,” he said at a news conference.
Mr. Lieberman, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gave no time frame for his decision and hinted it could come after parliamentary elections on Jan. 22. He also denied all accusations and alleged they were politically motivated.
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She said the incidents under investigation include bombings and bombardments, the blocking of distribution of humanitarian aid and “direct attacks on civilian populations.”
More than 300,000 people have been killed in the Darfur conflict since rebels took up arms against the central government nearly 10 years ago, accusing it of discrimination and neglect. Violence has tapered off, but clashes continue.
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