Ophir Pines-Paz was the only minister to vote against the cabinet decision which, by a large majority, cleared the way for Mr Lieberman to become the Deputy Prime Minister. He said Mr Lieberman was "tainted by racist declarations".Amir Peretz? Remember him?
Mr Pines-Paz immediately announced yesterday that he would join a clutch of rival Labourites planning to stand next year against Amir Peretz, the incumbent party leader and Defence Minister, who successfully argued that the party should not trigger a political crisis by walking out of the coalition over Mr Lieberman.
October 31, 2006
Labour minister resigns over Lieberman appointment
Here's an article in today's Independent about an Israeli minister, Ophir Pines-Paz, who has now resigned over the appointment of overtly racist, Avigdor Lieberman, to the Israeli cabinet.