Ehud Barak accuses Israel´s vice PM of succumbing to right-wing rhetoric (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Jonathan Lis 04/22/12)
HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE
HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE Articles-Index-Top
Aides to Defense Minister Ehud Barak released a statement Saturday
evening accusing two ministers of succumbing to extreme right-wing
rhetoric. The statement came in light of accusations that Barak was
supporting settlement evacuations out of personal political interests
and in contradiction to the interests of the Netanyahu coalition.
In the statement, the aides accused Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya´alon
and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz of being influenced by the
fear of right-winger Moshe Feiglin.
"Katz and Ya´alon have fallen ill with ´serious Feiglinism´," said
the press statement. "´Feiglinism´ is not good for the state, its
security, its future and for the public at large," continued the
statement, adding that "We hope, for the sake of the public and its
representatives in the Knesset, that Feiglinism is not an infectious
Earlier Saturday, Ya´alon had criticized Barak over his move to
evacuate settlers from a house in a Palestinian neighborhood of
Hebron earlier this month. Ya´alon, who is also Strategic Affairs
Minister, said that in his opinion the government could have removed
the settlers through discussions, rather than by forceful
evacuation. "They were prepared to evacuate. There was no need to
send in the counterterrorism unit of the police. The defense minister
insisted on sending them in, and afterward we heard his people
saying, ´Now the left camp will understand who its leader is´," said
Ya´alon went on to say that the defense minister´s actions are
motivated by political considerations, adding that a survey published
following the Hebron evacuation showed the Independence Party of
which Barak is chairman was crossing the elections threshold. "He has
a different political agenda to that of the government," said
Ya´alon, adding that "Unfortunately, he is responsible for
settlements in Yehuda and Shomron."
The vice prime minister´s comment came during a meeting over the
evacuation of settlers from Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank
settlement of Beit El, which is supposed to take place on May 1
according to a High Court order.
On Friday, on a visit to Ulpana, Katz expressed support for the
settlers and criticized the defense minister. "If Barak acts against
the government´s stance, the prime minister will have an obligation
to fire him," said the transportation minister, adding, "He took the
Defense Ministry and turned it into a political tool at the expense
of the settlers. There are other means of gathering votes."
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the State
Prosecutor’s Office to examine whether a request can be lodged with
the High Court to further delay the evacuation order.
The Ulpana neighborhood is comprised of multi-story buildings housing
dozens of families. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/22/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY