Barak visits Nablus 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Harmoni/ Defense Ministry)
Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday stressed that there is a link between
politics and defense, a day after him and four Labor MKs left the party
and formed a new faction, called Independence.
During a during a tour of a military
base in Nablus Barak said, "we came here to make sure that everything
related to security will be handled properly, and of course our
responsibility in the political echelon is to ensure that the political
process continues to support this, because there is a link between this
and the security situation in the region."
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Barak praised the security forces
saying, " I am grateful to impose the extraordinary achievements of
security all over Judea and Samaria Division Central Command, also here
in Nablus. It's the fruit of exceptional labor and professionalism of
the IDF, the Shin Bet and the coordination of common interests and
understandings with the Palestinian security forces."
Barak, "the security situation is the best today that it has been in
recent years, and for it to continue as such, we will have to integrate
the intelligence and operational activities with the political horizon
to the process with the Palestinians."
When asked about the political situation Barak deflected the question
saying, "we went on a new political path but I think that here in
Nablus, in a military base, this is the place to discuss these things.
Here we come to ensure security, to give soldiers a pat on the shoulder,
shake hands and ensure the political echelon commanders will also look
at the political horizon."