Horowitz: Barak proves he 'will do anything to survive'

Kadima, Meretz MKs slam defense minister's decision to leave Labor; Hermesh: "Kibbutz Movement finds itself on the streets."

January 17, 2011 12:28
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Nitzan Horowitz

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A wave of reactions from all sides of the political spectrum began to emerge on Monday following the news that Defense Minister Ehud Barak intended to split from the Labor party and form a new faction called 'Independence' (Atzmaut).

Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz said that [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and Barak "are proving that they would do anything to survive."

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"All the Labor MKs needed to leave the right-wing, racist coalition" of Netanyahu, [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman and [Interior Minister Eli] Yishai, Horowitz said. He added, "It is a shame that some of the Labor ministers are remaining in the coalition."

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Kadima MK Shai Hermesh said that "There's no gloating, the house has crashed, the Kibbutz Movement finds itself on the streets."

The MK who himself left the Labor party to join then-new faction Kadima added that Barak's actions "will be remembered for generations as somebody who abandoned the people who brought them the throne."

Kadima MK Orit Zuaretz called Barak's decision "pathetic." She added that the move indicated the end of ideology.

Zuaretz continued slamming Labor and Likud leaders, "The prime minister is stirring in the dark and the Labor movement is revealed as naked spineless, invertebrate mollusks."

"Approaching the Likud line, they [Labor] are splitting off and proving that around [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] they are only opportunists that aren't interested in advancing diplomacy and peace processes if it means giving up their positions and salaries in exchange for principles and values."

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Kadima MK Yohanan Plessner said "it is a sad day - a day which brought the end of a party that established the state of Israel - and a day in which the political culture in Israel reached a new low of filth and loathing.

"It is now clear that the only legacy of the Netanyahu government is of political dealing and buying fragments of parties at the expense of the national interest," he said.

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