Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Shayetet navy boat 311.
(photo credit: Defense Ministry / Ariel Hermoni)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak addressed the social protests gripping the country
on Tuesday during a visit to a navy base.
“The social protest is an
important and exciting phenomenon that has led us into new discussions,” he
said. The protest’s “demands for a change in priorities, including [economic]
inequality, are very important,” the defense minister added.
[Rothschild Boulevard], including the heads of students groups and youth
groups... people who work and who carry the tax burden, these are the same
people that in an emergency situation would fold up their tents and immediately
head to reserve military service.”
Barak continued, “We need to be aware
of and appreciative of them.”
However, the defense minister added, the
world and our region are in the middle of an economic storm, pointing to the
troubles of countries like Spain and Greece, while noting possible security
threats in the region and from Iran. For those reasons, he said, “We must act
responsibly and decisively” when making changes to the economy.