Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday evening commended security forces for the evacuation of Beit Hashalom in Hebron and called for restraint. "I call upon every leader with clout to exert his influence so that things do not deteriorate further," Barak said at a press conference. "We had no choice" but to go forward with the evacuation, the defense minister continued; "any other attitude would have been a betrayal of my job. "A defense minister in Israel has no choice but to ensure that the law is upheld; without that we won't have a state," he continued. "We are only a hair's breadth from utter anarchy."