Vice PM opposes adding Barak to Likud list (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/01/12)
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Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom voiced his opposition on Tuesday to
the prospect of placing Defense Minister and Independence Party
founder Ehud Barak on the Likud list.
The Likud Party is democratically chosen, and has never reserved
slots for anyone, Shalom said according to Israel Radio.
Even if Barak will not be elected to the Knesset in upcoming
elections Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can appoint him to a
Shalom´s comments came as rumors swirled that general elections could
be called as early as this September, with several coalition members
including Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman of Yisrael Beytenu
calling for elections as soon as possible.
On Monday, Barak responded to hearsay that his party would not make
it through the next polling, expressing confidence that his centrist
Independence Party would pass the elections threshold to join the
“Independence’s ministers and MKs deserve the public’s confidence,”
Barak said. “People will vote for us.”
He also dismissed any notion of joining the Likud list as "baseless,"
and jokingly threatened to publicly praise the Likud MKs and
ministers “until their bitter end.”
In January, Netanyahu sought to dispel rumors that he would consider
adding Barak to Likud, after Likud MKs Danny Danon and Tzipip
Hotovely drafted petitions signed by Likud ministers against
reserving slots on the party´s list.
Netanyahu responded: "Despite the misinformation that has angered our
MKs, Ehud Barak has not been reserved a slot and he will not be
parachuted in, not by air, nor by land, nor by sea." Lahav Harkov
contributed to this report (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/01/12)
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