In the latest attack on Russian billionaire Arkady Gaydamak, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert lashed out at the Betar Jerusalem owner at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
"I am opposed to smuggling southern residents out of their homes, and opposed to the PR stunts of millionaires which come out of irrelevant considerations," the prime minister said. "Do we want to be depicted as a nation that flees from their homes? It looks like a declaration of defeat."
Olmert added that "it is not easy to come to the residents and tell them they need to stay in Sderot, but it is not a serious move to make them flee their homes. We as a government will give them a meaningful system of solutions."
Gaydamak on Thursday funded a weekend trip to Eilat for residents of the Kassam-riddled city, and has been subsequently accused of political machinations against the government.