Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz expressed distrust of Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday, saying in a Channel 2 interview that Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu should be wary of what he called Barak's history of political trickery.
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"Barak has already pulled tricks on two occasions in the past. Once against Kadima and former prime minister Ehud Olmert and once against his friends in the Labor party - he's liable to try and pull another trick."
Steinitz made the comments while discussing his efforts to pass a new budget and the possibility that not everyone in Netanyahu's coalition would support the budget which could lead to early elections.
"He has become very interested in social justice in the past months, and attacked the prime minister's economic policy," Steinitz said of Barak. "I wouldn't be surprised if he was planning a third trick...I told Netanyahu, 'Don't be naive, what happened to them can happen to us.'"
"I hope he will support the budget," Steinitz added.