Braverman: Labor Party must leave coalition

MK calls for coalition withdrawal in light of US-Israel freeze deal failure; criticizes Barak, says "such leadership has no place here."

December 8, 2010 09:49
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Labor MK Avishai Braverman.

311_Avishai Braverman. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Labor MK Avishay Braverman on Wednesday morning urged his party to leave the coalition, following the the Israeli and US announcement that negotiations over the settlement freeze have failed, Army Radio reported.

Tensions intensified Tuesday night within Labor after Defense Minister Ehud Barak prevented Braverman from speaking to the media.

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Moments before Braverman went up to the podium during a Labor party meeting, Barak and and the party's secretary-general decided to block the entry of journalists, who were invited in advance, to the meeting.

Braverman told reporters after he left the office that "Voices won't be silenced within Labor!" and "This is a despicable act, which is another example that such leadership has no place here," reported Army Radio.

The minority affairs minister demanded that a meeting be held to decide on the party's withdrawal from the coalition in light of the deadlock in the peace process.

"I don't know where the meeting will be in April or early May," Barak said Tuesday.

Former defense minister and Labor MK Amir Peretz told Army Radio in an interview Wednesday morning that he would support his party if it decided to leave the coalition.

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