Live from the Bathroom: Lieberman Flushes Toilet During Radio Interview

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lieberman1Avidgor Lieberman is known as an outspoken politician who generally shuns the prevalent politically correct culture, but on Monday Israel’s foreign minister reached new heights, or is it lows, in his conduct vis-à-vis the media – by flushing the toilet during a radio interview.

Senior Israeli officials often submit to interviews from their homes, especially when approached by morning shows on the radio. In the past, an interview with Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni was interrupted by a radio turned on in the backdrop, but on Monday listeners were treated to entirely different background sounds.

In an interview with the Reshet Bet radio station, Lieberman was addressing the latest round of fighting against Gaza terrorists, while apparently sitting in the bathroom. Referring to Hamas, the minister said “we know who we’re dealing with,” and shortly thereafter the sound of flushing could be clearly heard in the background.

Lieberman, who has been fighting off accusations of corruption, may be indicted in the coming days. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is expected to announce as soon as Tuesday the charges against the foreign minister, which will apparently include fraud and breach of trust, but not bribery.

Lieberman’s associates told Ynet Monday that he “has already clarified that there is no connection between political and coalitional issues and legal issues.” His party, Yisrael Beiteinu, says he will not resign before a court hearing in any case.

The “bathroom incident” prompted great discussion on Ynet’s Hebrew site, with talkbacks divided between those supporting Lieberman and downplaying his actions to readers upset by the foreign minister’s conduct.

{Ynet/Matzav.com Newscenter}

14 COMMENTS

  1. This is loshon horah- which I’m sure you try to be careful to avoid on your site. There is no to’eles in this report, so there is no heter for this report.

  2. ‘while apparently sitting in the bathroom’.

    Many flushing sounds are heard during pesach cleaning time – Y a focus on this?

  3. Big deal. Is it possible he threw a tissue in? If someone is listening to him and is interested in what he thinks, they don’t mind this garbage. Pretty much the same for many politicians

  4. Come on, stupid hock. Everyone is working their heads off for Pesach…give us something interesting! What are we supposed to do during breaks, read this?

  5. Bs”D Kol HaKavod for the good reporting that you do. However, I think it is inappropriate to mention what people do in the bathroom. Matzav, you can do better, right? Go for it! Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

  6. Bs”D Kol HaKavod for the good reporting that you do. However, I think it is inappropriate to mention what people do in the bathroom. Matzav, you can do better, right? Go for it! Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

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