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Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Israeli press of “whining” and “fear-mongering” in response to Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman’s appointment as Defense Minister, in place of the outgoing Moshe Ya’alon. ...
Mitchell Barak, an Israeli political analyst who has experience working with Netanyau, described Lieberman’s appointment as Defense Minister as “a colossal mistake from a public diplomacy perspective,” according to WSJ [The Wall Street Journal]. At the same time, the move is advantageous to Netanyahu, as it “shores up his political base,” Barak added.