Netanyahu denies "bribing" MK Ariel for fire inquiry vote

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 14, 2010 22:24

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday denied claims made by Kadima that he "bribed" National Union MK Uri Ariel in order to persuade him to vote against forming an official commission of inquiry into the Carmel fire.

"In the prime minister's conversation with MK Ariel, the prime minister told him that forming a commission of inquiry would only delay the implementation of the conclusions on the fire. Unlike what has been claimed, the prime minister did not guarantee anything in return, financially or otherwise in return for his vote and was not asked to do so," a statement read.

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