Defense Minister Ehud Barak _311.
(photo credit: Reuters/Blaire Gable)
Politicians around the world have gotten in trouble for statements they never
made but that were published in their name on their Facebook page.
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what happened on Wednesday with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. When a news item
was published on his official Facebook page that the Iranian nuclear site near
Isfahan was caused by an explosion, a response appeared from Barak with the
words “ken yirbu,” which can be roughly translated as “[such incidents] should
The comment was actually written by Independence Party
spokesman Omer Engelstein, who maintains Barak’s Facebook page and that of the
party. As Yediot Aharonot
first reported, when the comment from “Barak” started
making waves, officials close to Barak were upset and Engelstein took it
“I didn’t think anyone would take it so seriously and really
attribute it to him,” Engelstein said. “The reactions were actually very
positive. It wasn’t a big deal. It’s just Facebook. It’s supposed to be
fun for people. It was humor, not beyond that.”
The party is proud that
its Facebook page is interactive and that Barak and other ministers in the party
have conducted live chats on Facebook.
Barak has not been shy in avoiding
controversy his own comments made on the site, including a statement about
future prisoner exchanges.
“I think that now that Gilad Schalit is home,
we should completely change our policies and stop the slippery slope we’ve been
on,” he said in a chat session.