Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the new coalition Monday morning, saying that it would create a stronger government, and that he has been in favor of such a move throughout the last three years.
In an an interview with Army Radio, Barak responded to rumors that he had helped mediate the unity deal, saying that the credit goes to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, but that he is pleased if he managed to contribute to it.
Addressing accusations that Mofaz has made a U-turn after calling Netanyahu a liar and repeatedly slamming him in the past, Barak said that there have been many stormy relations between politicians in the past, and "at the end of the day we have a state to run." He referred to old rivalries between Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, as well as David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin, adding "these are adults, not children in a kindergarten that can't sit next to each other."
The defense minister said that there are more important issues to address than what was said between politicians, such as finding an alternative to the Tal Law. He expressed faith that an new law would be passed, that would create a situation where the majority of Haredim and Arabs would do national service.
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