Lieberman Hints at Run for PM

YERUSHALAYIM -

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has suggested that Israel could soon have a Russian-speaking prime minister — and most people think he has himself in mind.

“Only in Israel can a young Russian immigrant arrive and in 20 years become foreign minister,” he said. “One day we will have a Russian-speaking defense minister, a Russian-speaking president, and soon we may have a Russian-speaking prime minister.”

A source close to Lieberman said that he was indeed referring to himself as a potential candidate for prime minister, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The source also said that Lieberman was not considering running for president to succeed Shimon Peres who steps down this summer, but that his Yisrael Beiteinu party might back Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, if he were to run.

Sharansky’s associates said he was on a flight to Israel from Australia and could not be reached, but that he had indicated in the past that he was receptive to the idea.