Matan Vilnai 311.
(photo credit: Yaakov Katz)
The Civil Service Commision on Tuesday chose Homeland Defense Minister Matan
Vilna'i (Independence) as its pick to become Israel's next ambassador to China.
approved by the cabinet as expected, Vilna'i would be replaced in the Knesset by former
MK Shakeed Shanan on the Labor list. The Independence Party announced
Tuesday that they had worked out a deal with Shanan, whereby he will
break off from Labor in order to join them.
Defense Minister and
Independence Party leader Ehud Barak on Tuesday released a statement
praising Shanan and welcoming him to the Knesset.
is a serious person, I know him well, and I have no doubt that he will
contribute a lot to the Independence Party," Barak stated.
Labor Party condemned Shanan and Barak, accusing them of playing
political tricks. "They are a pair that go together," a Labor
spokesperson said. "Labor continues to rid itself of opportunistic hacks
and by doing so strengthens itself as a party that is ideological and
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