Member of Knesset Ofir Akunis (Likud) claimed, Sunday morning, that last week's crisis between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak was not staged.
Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio, following a Saturday night meeting between the two leaders, Akunis said, "There was a crisis and that's a fact. Now it's apparently behind us." A number of Knesset members called on Netanyahu to fire Barak, following a report he met with former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni during a recent visit to the United States. Others cited problems that follow his meetings with senior American officials.