Yacimovich: Gaydamak trying to control Israel

MK Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) said Sunday that Russian-born billionaire Arkady Gaydamak was planning to seize control of Israel by its purse strings, Israel Radio reported. "The gifts Gaydamak is giving out to Israelis are an enticing trap along the path to this goal," she said. "The Knesset must be on its guard from his intentions, and the government must be careful not to create a vacuum that Gaydamak and other businessmen could infiltrate." Gaydamak funded a vacation in Eilat for Sderot citizens over the weekend as a relief from Kassam fire, incurring the wrath of Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal, among others, who accused him of trying to undermine government planning.