Before his indictment, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein "wavered over whether it was really appropriate to attribute criminal significance to the matter."
"Ben Aryeh clearly committed breach of trust. As a public employee, he is required to be loyal to the law and the state, not to a private citizen."
Lieberman was out of government at the time. Several months later he returned. He became an MK and foreign minister.
Ben Aryeh was indicted and tried. He copped a plea. He escaped harsh punishment. Justice was denied.
Lieberman is guilty on all charges. "Weinstein hesitations justify neither his conduct nor that of the prosecution," said Haaretz.
"(T)he public issue that cries out for attention is who in the prosecution will be held accountable for its flawed conduct throughout the entire case."
The same question remains unanswered. Justice delayed assures denying it altogether.
On February 17, Haaretz headlined "Lieberman pleads not guilty as trial gets underway; first hearings set for late April."
Proceedings began at midday in Jerusalem's Magistrate Court. Lieberman pled not guilty. He lied. He's a serial liar.
He's charged with inappropriately naming Ben Aryeh ambassador to Latvia. He did so in return for services rendered.
He was Israel's Belarus ambassador at the time. He gave Lieberman unauthorized information.
Former Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's a key prosecution witness. Earlier he gave damning testimony.
He did so after Lieberman spurned him. He excluded him from Yisrael Beiteinu's upcoming Knesset list. He retaliated. He heads the Foreign Ministry's appointment process. He knows where the bodies are buried. He provided evidence against Lieberman.
Prior to appointment committee deliberations, Lieberman told Ayalon that Ben Aryeh was "the most fitting candidate and should thus be granted the position."