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Netanyahu: I’ll appoint Lieberman as important minister

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 4 febbraio, 2009

Feb. 4, 2009
Matthew Wagner and JPost.com staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Less than a week before the elections and with Israel Beiteinu gaining in the polls, Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening said that if he is elected to be prime minister, he will appoint Israel Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman as an important minister in his government.

Netanyahu, who was speaking at a conference organized by Likud in Tel Aviv for immigrants from the former Soviet Union, told the participants that “if you vote for Likud, I will approach Lieberman and appoint him as an important minister in the government, and we will create a stable government.”

Meanwhile, Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eleizer, of Labor, blasted Lieberman, calling him “dangerous” and saying he was likely to cause an “intifada of Israeli Arabs.”

Speaking at a Labor rally in Tel Aviv, and referring to how warmly Lieberman was greeted on his campaign trail earlier Wednesday, Ben-Eleizer said that in contrast to the “hope Yitzhak Rabin symbolized,” the streets of Israel were now “awash with hatred.”

But Labor chairman Ehud Barak was not as fierce in his criticism of Lieberman, telling Channel 10 that the Israel Beiteinu chairman was not his “cup of tea.”

Barak refused to rule out Labor joining a coalition that included Lieberman’s party.

In related news, Likud denied on Wednesday claims by Shas that Netanyahu promised to reverse cuts in child allowances.

In an interview Tuesday night on the haredi Kol Chai radio station, Shas chairman Eli Yishai said
that Netanyahu promised to increase child allotments.

“Netanyahu made a promise to us on the issue of child allotments – not that I believe him,” said

“But we prefer him to [Kadima leader] Tzipi Livni, who already refused to give in on the allowances.”

Meanwhile, Communications Minister Ariel Atias [Shas] said Wednesday that without a concession
on child allotments, Shas would not enter a coalition with Likud.

“We will not compromise on our principles which include child allotments, a united Jerusalem and maintaining the religious status quo, including no civil marriages,” he said.

Atias said that a failure to reach an agreement with Livni on the issue of child allotments resulted in Livni’s failure to put together a coalition which led to early elections.

“Livni could have been prime minister, but she erred in her judgement, and I think she still regrets what she did,” he added.

While Likud vigorously denied that Netanyahu had made such a commitment, the Likud leader told reporters on a tour of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market that the party would help the poor in a different manner.

But Kadima and Meretz released statements blasting Netanyahu and Shas for what Meretz called “purchasing power with money.” Meretz accused Netanyahu of “irresponsibly promising billions in taxpayer funds.”

Kadima said that Yishai had revealed that Netanyahu was lying when he said that he had not made a deal with Shas prior to the fall of the outgoing government.

Gil Hoffman contributed to this report




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