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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018


Avigdor Lieberman

Defense minister of Israel

Although the post of Israel's prime minister has so far eluded him, Russian-born Avigdor Lieberman has served in several senior ministerial posts since he entered the Knesset in 1999. Currently Israel's minister of defense, Lieberman has also served as transport minister, minister of national infrastructure and foreign minister, among other posts. Politically well to the right of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Lieberman is the founder of Yisrael Beiteinu, a political party rooted in immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Throughout 2018, Lieberman has consistently delivered the message to Iran that Israel will not tolerate its encroachment on its borders indefinitely. "We will contend with any Iranian threat, and it doesn't matter from where it comes from," Lieberman said in August. "Israel's freedom is total. We retain this freedom of action." (Photo: Israeli government.)


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