In Memorial Day interview, PM concedes country isn’t perfect, but says he has ways to fix it (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By RON FRIEDMAN 04/24/12)
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A confident Netanyahu lauds coalition achievements, rejects talk of
BENJAMIN NETANYAHUISRAELI ELECTIONSEHUD BARAK
“I am not afraid of going to elections, but I am not rushing to hold
them yet either,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a pre-
Independence Day interview to Army Radio Sunday.
The prime minister lauded his government’s stability, asserting it
has yielded many positive results for the country. Netanyahu said
coalition instability can endanger those results, but that he is
confident that if elections are forced on him, he will prevail. “For
now the coalition is stable and I don’t believe we will find
ourselves holding elections this summer,” he said.
At the end of the 10-minute interview, which dealt with matters
ranging from the Iranian nuclear threat to violence on the soccer
pitch, Netanyahu conceded that while the country is not perfect, it
is open and has the tools to correct any and all ills.
Netanyahu also took the opportunity to support his defense minister,
Ehud Barak, who has recently come under harsh attacks from right-wing
elements, including ministers and MKs from Netanyahu’s Likud party
for his policies regarding illegal West Bank construction.
“Ehud Barak is a defense minister executing government policy. There
are no private policies here and we are cooperating on very serious
security matters, in the West Bank and in the world,” said Netanyahu.
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