Barak and Netanyahu. In cahoots?
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Kadima accuses Likud, Labor of political scheming

Kadima officials say Netanyahu, Barak have struck a pact by which defense minister will continue his office in Netanyahu's government if he is voted PM

Kadima officials accused the Labor and Likud parties for setting up a "political scam" intended to secure Defense Minister Ehud Barak's position in Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu's government if he is indeed elected to the office of prime minister.


Kadima's PR manager, Eyal Arad, said a meeting that occurred between Barak and Netanyahu Tuesday was out of order, and condemned the two for discussing political matters before the nation had voted.


Netanyahu hinted after the meeting that upon being elected prime minister, he would ask Barak to continue his office in the new government.


"Before the greatest security challenges faced by the State of Israel – Hamas in Gaza, Hizbullah in Lebanon, and the sponsoring state Iran – the best, most responsible, and most experienced people must be placed," he said.


But the Labor Party rejected Kadima's accusations of political scheming. A statement from the party said the two leaders had discussed defense issues, and listed a number of officials with whom Barak plans to meet over the next few days.


פרסום ראשון: 02.03.09, 20:56
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