Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's former chief of staff Natan Eshel engaged in
shuttle diplomacy between the prime minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Wednesday in an effort to resolve a dispute between the two that could lead to
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Eshel has good relations with Barak and was the
architect of the short-lived national-unity government with Kadima that
prevented a September election from being declared in May.
broke out Tuesday morning when in a conversation with Finance Minister Yuval
Steinitz that was leaked to the press, Netanyahu criticized Barak for
undermining him in meetings in the United States.