Barak. Furious
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Mazuz. Doesn't raise his voice
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Barak, Mazuz clash over Gaza power cuts

Defense minister furious at attorney general's decision not to approve plan to limit power supplies to Strip; associates say conversation was heated

A heated exchange between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Attorney General Menachem Mazuz followed the latter's decision not to approve the plan to restrict power supply to the Gaza Strip.


During the conversation, Barak said to Mazuz, "You will not make decisions for me."


According to aides, Barak continued to say that "the decision received all of the legal approvals and was made after a preliminary procedure. You had plenty of time to object then."


On the other hand, Mazuz's associates insisted it was a clarification talk and "Mazuz does not tend to raise his voice."


Sources in the government told Ynet that Mazuz was present at the cabinet meeting when the issue was discussed.


He also participated in government meetings where the idea was raised by several ministers, including Haim Ramon and Avigdor Lieberman.


Barak's resentment of Mazuz is shared by other government ministers.


Some fear that in light of the AG's objection, the plan will not be implemented. Yet, Barak aids clarified that the plan is still relevant.


פרסום ראשון: 11.04.07, 12:19
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