Barak, Independence launch first campaign event (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 05/02/12)
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak´s Independence Party launched its first-
ever campaign event Wednesday, saying officially that the party would
run "independently." Politicians have speculated that Barak would
attempt to secure a place or guarantee from Likud in the next
Barak, speaking at a press conference called together with all
Independence MKs, said that elections in Israel are more important
than voting for characters on a reality television show. Elections,
he said, determine the country´s future.
Addressing his party´s generally poor showing in polls to date, the
defense minister noted that a recent poll showed a five-percent jump
in his party´s election standings, a trend he said he believes will
He also said that those predicting his party´s failure should "look
at Kadima two months ago and today. Things change, there is
connection between polls and reality."
Barak explained that he is campaigning, "so that I can continue to
have influence in the next government as defense minister," and so
that the other Independence MKs can also continue their work in a
place of influence.
"Everyone should come with us. We put the state first in all areas,
security, social issues and the economy," he said. While other
politicians merely talk, Barak said he and his party´s focus on
action is "active, not declarative."
The defense minister continued, "We stopped legislation that would
have circumvented the High Court" in defense of the state´s
democratic institutions and character. "I have a steady, experienced
hand on the wheel," Barak said, noting that voters should focus on
who is experienced when casting their ballots.
Asked by a reporter why the public doesn´t trust him - Barak
replied, "I have been in public life for about 15 years. People who
were around me then arenít here anymore. [former minister] Haim Ramon
isnít here, [former prime minister] Ehud Olmert isnít here, [former
Kadima leader] Livni just left. Itís hard to be lonely, but Iím okay."
JPost.com staff contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 05/02/12)
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