Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Knesset, June 8, 2009..
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The Likud party offered a sharp response on Friday to Ehud Barak's words against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week.
The Prime Minster's party stated "Barak is the head of the most incompetent government in Israel's history. Listed under his name, among other things: the Second Intifada, abandoning Madhat Yusuf, the lynching in Ramallah, and the hasty withdrawal from Lebanon that led to Iran and Hezbollah's takeover of southern Lebanon and the firing of thousands of missiles from there into Israeli cities."
"These pathetic attempts to return to the political system through unfounded and irresponsible attacks on Netanyahu border on anarchy. It would be better if Barak, who lost the people's trust in the record time of one year in office, would stop preaching to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is able to win the public's trust time after time."
The statement was in response to Barak's harsh public criticism of Netanyahu on Wednesday. Barak accused the prime minister of poor judgement and putting political concerns before security. He blasted Netanyahu for his handling of the new defense aid package from the US, in a speech to the anti-Netanyahu organization Darkenu
. According to Barak, Israel would receive $3.8 billion in aid, instead of $4.5 billion, because of Netanyahu’s poor relationship with US President Barack Obama, and the aid will be conditional on not asking Congress for additional funds.
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter (Likud) also criticized Barak
's actions, saying they showed, "...in the best case, an obsession with power, and in the worst case, depression. A regular person, and even more so a former prime minister and defense minister, who think they have information on strategic harm to national security, should give the information to me, the head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister, and not present it as riddles to the public.”Gil Hoffman and Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.