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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Former Kadima MK Omri Sharon denied on Monday Tafnit leader Uzi Dayan's allegations of corruption, saying that Dayan's claims that Sharon attempted in 2002 to use his political influence to obtain the National Security Council's approval for Austrian businessman Martin Schlaff to operate a casino ship in Eilat.
"It never happened," Sharon told Army Radio.
Sharon refused provide any explanation for Dayan's remarks, reiterating only that the former IDF deputy chief of staff was lying.
"Uzi Dayan is running his campaign on my back," Sharon said. "Everything sticks to me."
Dayan, who was interviewed immediately after Sharon, maintained his claims that Sharon was "corrupt."
"He was trying to run the country as 'the son of,'" Dayan said, adding that the public had to choose whom it preferred to see in politics - "People like [Dayan], or people like Omri Sharon?" he said.
In a follow-up interview aired on Israel Radio, Sharon said that he had "no idea" why Dayan appeared to be targeting him. When asked if Dayan could be "angry" with Sharon for allegedly keeping him out of the Kadima party, Sharon insisted that he had no part in forming Kadima, and that now he was no longer involved in politics at all.
"I've left public life. I'm going in another direction," Sharon declared.
"I don't believe a word he says," Dayan repeated