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Netanyahu's loose cannon

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 government more extreme than any in his country's history.

Mr. Lieberman heads a small, ultra-nationalist religious party whose votes Mr. Netanyahu desperately needs in order to shore up his Likud bloc's shaky coalition in the Israeli Knesset. But he is detested by the Israeli military establishment he is now set to lead and is anathema to Palestinians who dream of having their own...