Lieberman slams Peretz on outposts

Israel Beiteinu chairman: "This is a provocation and an irresponsible act."

October 13, 2006 15:37
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Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman condemned on Friday Defense Minister Amir Peretz's order that the IDF prepare a plan for the evacuation of illegal West Bank settlements, Army Radio reported. "It's obvious that Peretz is trying to torpedo my joining the coalition. This is a provocation and an irresponsible act from a man who is sacrificing national interests to personal interests," Lieberman said.

  • PM to thwart Peretz over outposts PM to thwart Peretz over outposts Senior Labor Party members voiced similar sentiments earlier Friday, claiming their party leader's instructions were meant to keep Lieberman's party from joining the government. Still, Labor MK Shalom Simhon said in an interview with Army Radio that if Labor doesn't want Lieberman in the coalition, it should work together so the government can function. "Whoever asks that Lieberman not be in the government needs to understand that the Labor Party needs to make a great effort to get United Torah Judaism into the coalition," he said. "Therefore, all party members must vote unanimously in the government - otherwise, the alternative is that Lieberman will enter the government on terms that are unsuitable to us." Earlier, Kadima MK Otniel Schneller told Peretz not to get involved in the evacuation of the outposts and to leave it to Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter instead. Schneller said in an interview with Israel Radio that the defense minister would not succeed in ruining Kadima's efforts to create a respectable relationship with settlers, emphasizing that the settlers weren't enemies. He added that it was the police's job to take care of the problem of the outposts, and not the army's, and that Peretz should focus instead on preparing for the next war.

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