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Today: Avigdor Liberman on Trial, Key Witness—his Deputy

Ayalon's renewed perfect recall could be his means of crushing Liberman's political life, much as Ayalon's aspirations had been crushed by Liberman.
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (R) and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (R) and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.
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Ben Aryeh himself is expected to testify against Liberman as well, following the plea bargain in his own case, last May, where he was sentenced to six months of community service.

Back then Ben Aryeh admitted that he received an envelope containing a request for information regarding a secret investigation against Liberman. When Liberman visited his embassy, in October of 2008, Ben Aryeh says he showed him the contents of the envelope. Liberman, for his part, does not deny this, but claims that after giving the content one very short look, long enough to see that reading it was a violation of state law, he immediately tore up the contents and flushed them down.

Without any evidence to the contrary, and without Ayalon’s testimony, the state would have had to accept Liberman’s version of the facts, including the part where he said he rebuked Ben Aryeh for showing him things he wasn’t supposed to. But the deputy’s renewed perfect recall could be his means of crushing the boss’s political life much as Ayalon’s aspirations had been crushed.

Israel produces the best real life dramas.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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