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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Labor officials close to Defense Minister Ehud Barak accused Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon on Wednesday of being the source of attacks on Barak.
In recent days an unnamed minister was quoted complaining that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided how to handle the Gaza flotilla without consulting the seven-member forum. The minister griped that he learned details of the mission from watching it on television and that had he been consulted, he would have opposed having naval commandos board the ships carrying paint ball guns.
Officials close to Barak said that the anonymous minister – a member of the inner security cabinet – was Ya’alon.
“All the decision-making in this incident was improper,” the anonymous minister was quoted as saying.
“The prime minister resolved to decide everything together with the defense minister. Netanyahu shouldn’t have left such fateful decisions to an irresponsible defense minister who is drunk with power.”
Labor and Likud politicians speculated as to why Ya’alon would attack Barak. They said Ya’alon hopes to succeed Barak as defense minister
Ya’alon,they said, would prefer a more right-wing coalition without
Labor. Ya’alom also wanted it known that he was not consulted about the
flotilla, even though he was acting prime minister during Netanyahu’s
absence. Ya’alon, claimed the sources, wanted to clear himself of
wrongdoing in case of any future investigation.
refused to speculate about who had attacked him and rolled his eyes
when told it was Ya’alon. His spokesman said his attacker’s identity
was irrelevant and declined to discuss the subject.
sources close to Barak expressed outrage and blamed Ya’alon outright.
They accused him of being ungrateful, immodest, and duplicitous.
critics, who didn’t credit his successes, are unsurprisingly fleeing
from responsibility when it appears mistakes were made,” said Labor
director-general Weizmann Shiri, who is very close to Barak.
politicians care only about their personal advancement and not about
the country. If they have criticism, they should deliver it publicly
with courage, but I am not surprised that they are weak, hypocritical
Ya’alon’s spokesman declined to respond.
dismissed a Teleseker poll published in Ma’ariv
Wednesday that found that just 39.4 percent of respondents were
satisfied with Barak’s performance as defense minister and 59.7% were
“Polls are lies,” Shiri said. “The public sleeps
better because Barak is defense minister, and 75% are very satisfied
with his performance.”
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who
was forced out of office by Barak, gave a rare interview to Army Radio
Wednesday morning in which he criticized the handling of the Gaza
“The government must make a big effort now to fix the
diplomatic situation, appease friends that are angry at us, and try to
escape from the ring of isolation we are in,” Olmert said. “It is
possible to restore the situation to what it was not too long ago when
we were the darlings of the world, of Europe and America.”
to a question about how good an idea it is that Netanyahu consults his
inner circle and not the cabinet, a source in the Prime Minister’s
Office said: “We make hundreds of decisions and it’s not like a kibbutz
that is constantly assembled. We decide what forum to convene in each
instance based on common sense.”