Lieberman names Yair Shamir Yisrael Beiteinu deputy (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Tzvika Brot Published: 05.07.12, 19:18)
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Son of former PM Yitzhak Shamir to serve as Yisrael Beiteinu´s
chairman´s No.2; will assume role of foreign minister if Lieberman
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has named businessman Yair Shamir,
67, as his number two in Yisrael Beiteinu party.
The appointment of Shamir, who is the son of former Prime Minister
and Likud member Yitzhak Shamir, is likely to ruffle the feathers of
senior party members including National Infrastructure Minister Uzi
Landau, who were not briefed on the move in advance.
The appointment is also viewed as a "slap in the face" to Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, who refused to extend Shamir a third term as the
chairman of the Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. The move is also an
embarrassment to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who appointed
Shamir as The chairman of the National Roads Company only four months
Political analysts said that the move is meant to promote a message
of stability and continuation from the party.
Should the attorney general decide to indict Lieberman, preventing
him from serving in the government, Shamir will assume his role as
Meanwhile, Lieberman has been holding secret talks to add more key
figures to Yisrael Beiteinu, including an unnamed senior ambassador.
Neither Lieberman nor Shamir were available for comment. Itamar
Eichner and Reuven Weiss contributed to this report (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 05/07/12)
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