Likud minister: 3 elite unit musketeers shamed us (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 05.09.12, 23:32)
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After Netanyahu admits more Kadima members may join Cabinet despite
no mention of such a possibility in signed unity deal, ruling party
member says ´smug attitude´ will eventually backfire
"What happened in the Knesset today is one big farce – such
amateurism," a Likud minister said Wednesday after Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to admit that a number of ministerial
portfolios may be transferred to Kadima.
The coalition agreement signed between Likud and Kadima on Monday
night, in a controversial move meant to avoid general elections in
September, made no mention of the possibility that additional Kadima
members may be appointed as ministers in the near future.
Earlier, the Knesset plenum approved the government´s request to
appoint Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz as a minister-without-portfolio
and deputy prime minister, with 71 Knesset members voting in favor of
the measure and 23 opposing.
During a heated debate that preceded the vote, opposition officials
claimed Netanyahu and Mofaz secretly agreed that a number of Kadima
members, apparently three, would join the cabinet in a few months.
Addressing the accusations, Netanyahu told the plenum "Any option
that will reach that point will be reported, as per the law,
including the possibility that Kadima members are to be appointed as
ministers in the future."
"We´ve lost a fair amount of the public´s faith due to these
embarrassing events," the Likud minister said. "Again they are
complicating something that is so simple. I was ashamed at how we
"Now the public may really believe that the government´s leaders have
something to hide. The three musketeers from the elite unit have
disgraced us all," he said, referring to Netanyahu, Mofaz and Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, who served in Sayeret Matkal, a special forces
The minister added: "The prime minister is certain that now he is the
king of the world, but what he doesn´t understand is that this smug
attitude will eventually come back to us like a boomerang. Likud has
always felt invincible. In the end this always leads to destruction."
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