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  10/3/2012, Tishrei 17, 5773

Barak Denies Claims he Encouraged US-Israel Tensions


Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s office has issued a statement in response to reports that senior Likud members, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have accused Barak of deliberately exacerbating tensions between Israel and the United States in order to later appear as a peace maker. “The Defense Minister is working to strengthen ties with the United States… Both in Israel and in the United States Minister Barak strives to reduce tension and strengthen America’s support for Israel’s security in accordance with the administration’s stance,” the statement said.

In addition, it said, “The importance of the unique security and intelligence ties forged in the past five years, when Barak served as Defense Minister, must not be forgotten. These special ties contribute directly to Israel’s interests and security.”