Livni: Cabinet should vote for IDF chief with conscience

February 3, 2011 21:46


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Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Thursday called on the cabinet to vote according to their conscience against appointing a temporary chief of General Staff, rather than act as a rubber stamp for Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

"The combination of a weak prime minister and a defense minister who is a bully with poor judgement is very problematic for Israel and its security," Livni said. "It would be irresponsible to appoint someone temporarily at a time when the region is so unstable just because the defense minister doesn't get along with the chief of General Staff who has been running the army and its operations successfully for three years."

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