Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, facing an indictment for breach of trust and fraud, resigned his post on Friday, writing on his Facebook page, "I know that I committed no crime," but by stepping down "I will be able to put an end to this matter swiftly and without delay and to clear my name completely." Lieberman is accused of promoting Israel's former ambassador to Belarus for another post after the ambassador gave him confidential information regarding an Israeli police investigation into Lieberman's activities. Lieberman will not face charges on a more serious case, in which he was suspected of receiving millions of dollars from international tycoons with business interests in Israel through companies formally led by family members or associates. Still, the embattled politician mentioned that he hopes to compete in Jan. 22 elections, suggesting that there could be a plea bargain.
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