Vice Premier Moshe Ya'alon on Saturday accused Defense Minister Ehud Barak of putting his own political interests ahead of national matters of importance.

Speaking at a cultural event in Ramat Gan, Ya'alon said that though Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu see eye-to-eye on the issue of the Iranian threat, the latter abandoned their shared stance at the last minute, and presented himself as a moderate.

Ya'alon's comments follow a dispute between Netanyahu and Barak that broke out on Tuesday when a conversation was leaked to the press, in which Netanyahu told Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz that the defense minister was undermining him during recent meetings in the US.

Lahav Harkov contributed to this report

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