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Avigdor Liberman was born in Moldova in 1958. In 1978, when Liberman was on the verge of completing an academic degree in water engineering, his family immigrated to Israel. They settled in Jaffa, where Liberman was sent to the Kibbutz Ulpan to learn Hebrew. He proceeded to the University of Beer Sheba’s pre-academic program, where he met his future wife, Ella

Upon graduation of the program, Liberman moved to Jerusalem, where he studied international relations and Slavic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following his marriage and military service, Liberman lived in Jerusalem, and served as the Secretary of the National Workers’ Union in Jerusalem. His next position was as a member of the Board of Directors of Economic Corporation of Jerusalem

It was at this period that Liberman met Binyamin Netanyahu, and together they won the leadership of the Likud party and later on, the leadership of the State. As Director General of the Likud party, Liberman rebuilt the party and helped solve its severe financial troubles. After winning the general elections, Liberman was appointed Director General of the Prime Minister’s office. Two years later Liberman took a hiatus from politics and turned to the private business sector

In 1999, Liberman founded the Yisrael Beytenu (Israel is our Home) Party and succeeded from the start, garnering four parliamentary seats. Liberman served as Minister of National Infrastructures in the Sharon government. In this capacity Liberman advanced the seawater desalination project, passed the national gas bill and addressed many other issues with a long term impact on the future of Israel. During the 2003 elections, Yisrael Beytenu joined the Moledet and Tekuma parties, a union that yielded seven parliamentary seats. Liberman was appointed Minister of Transport, and dealt with several issues, among them the privatization of El-Al, privatization of the Port Authority and development of the Israel Train infrastructure. Avigdor Liberman was a long standing member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In the 2006 general elections, Avigdor Liberman’s Israel Beytenu Party won close to 10% of the vote, attaining 11 members of Knesset, and becoming the fifth largest party in Knesset. Liberman withdrew from the Coalition in January 2008 in protest against the Annapolis Convention.

In the 2009 elections for the 18th Knesset. Yisrael Beytenu attained 15 mandates, making it the third largest party in Israel

 Avigdor Liberman was named Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,  positions he held throughout the 18th Knesset

In the 2013 elections, Yisrael Beytenu ran on a joint list with the Likud and attained 31 mandates, 11 for members of Yisrael Beytenu

Avigdor Liberman is currently Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

Date of Birth: 05/06/1958
Year of Aliyah: 1978
Place of Birth: Moldova
Residence: Nokdim

Achievements of the Foreign Ministry during the 18th Knesset led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman:


  • Palmer Commission findings unequivocally established the legality of the Gaza naval blockade
  • Preventing another flotilla and “flytilla” through consistent dialogue with many countries
  •  Frustrating the Palestinian petition before the UN Security Council
  • Goldstone publishing a renunciation of his findings against Israel
  • The Australian Parliamentary decision that demonstrations and boycotts against Israeli businesses are a criminal offense
  • Dutch Parliamentary decision to recognize IHH as a terrorist organization
  • A change the Universal Jurisdiction Law to curb the risk of arrest of Israeli officials in Britain
  • Tightening sanctions on Iran
  • The rejection of most Western countries of the Durban Conference
  • Signing of cooperation agreements leading to economic, commercial and scientific cooperation, such as CERN and the OECD
  • Opening eight new offices (Munich, Sao Paulo, St. Petersburg, Wellington, Accra, Goonanz’o, OECD and Ashgebat)
  • Additional offices to open in Bangalore, Kinshasa and the Caribbean
  • The Establishment of Diplomatic relations with South Sudan
  • Additional criterion for acceptance to the cadets’ course giving preference to those who have served in the IDF



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Europe’s Crossroads / Avigdor Liberman

  In 1918, Oswald Spengler’s book “The Decline of the West” was published in Germany. It seems that a century later his prophecy is indeed being fulfilled, as western culture declines. This is occurring despite the fact that the west …

We need strong leadership

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The First Law We Will Pass in the Next Knesset is the Death Penalty for Terrorists, FM Liberman Says

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called for the death penalty for terrorists Tuesday, harshly criticizing previous Israeli governments for agreeing to free thousands of security prisoners “We have to signal that we’re changing direction. No more deals [to release prisoners]. Rather, …

FM Liberman Criticizes the Results of Operation Protective Edge

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman talked about Operation Protective Edge at an event in Beer Sheva on Saturday, saying that the fighting in Gaza ended with no results: “We fought and were inside shelters for 50 days. …


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