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        9/18/2011, Elul 19, 5771

      Atzma'ut: Steinitz Comments on Barak Baseless


      The Atzma'ut faction in the Knesset attacked Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Sunday evening, for disparaging comments made Sunday morning about Atzma'ut party chief Ehud Barak's approach to changing budget priorities, including a hint that Barak was not fit to be defense minister.

      Am Atzma'ut statement read, "The defense minister expressed an important and legitimate position on the need to examine the increase in public expenditures to respond to the needs brought up by the [social] protest [campaign], especially in the field of education." The party said it expected the treasurer to take back what he said and approach matters from a mature perspective that discusses the case on its merits.