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Netanyahu's loose cannon

Avigdor Lieberman is detested by the military he's supposed to lead. In naming Avigdor Lieberman to the post of defense minister this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu erased virtually any chance of peace with the Palestinians and instead presented the world with a far right-wing...

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