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Sharon slams Netanyahu
Prime minister calls former Finance Minister, ‘anxious, tense man who panics and loses his head.’ Adds that disengagement from Gaza does not mean the end of the settlement enterprise

Former Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is an anxious, tense man who panics and loses his head -such a man can not lead a country, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday during an exclusive interview with Channel 10.

 

"Israel is a unique country. In order to lead it you need to have common sense and nerves of steel. Netanyahu has neither,” he said.

 

“It's irresponsible to run away a week before presenting the budget. I wouldn't trust such a man. After voting four times for the disengagement, he flinched and ducked responsibility – he can't lead a country; definitely not a country like Israel. Composure is crucial. "

 

Sharon speaks his mind (Channel 10):

 

Sharon added, "I've seen dangerous things when Netanyahu was prime minister.

 

As to the political situation, Sharon said: "Not all of the West Bank settlements will remain. The final map will be presented at the last phase of the negotiations."

 

Earlier the prime minister said that the disengagement from Gaza does not mean the end of the settlement enterprise, adding that Israel would prove this in the future.

 

“We withdrew from an area that is not a part of Israel to secure regions that have greater strategic significance for us,” he said.

 

A source in former Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office said in response to Sharon’s remarks, “Sharon, out of hysteria, forgot that he had asked Netanyahu to come and save the Israeli economy.”

 

During Netanyahu’s term as prime minister, Sharon asked to serve under him as foreign minister and praised his success at stopping terror and withstanding the pressures during the Wye convention,” the source said.

 

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