Labor MK Bemoans Deal with Kadima

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Labor MK (member of Knesset) Ofer Pines-Paz said Defense Minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak's deal with Kadima "lacked vision."

"It is nothing but a survival pact, lacking vision, guidelines and a work plan," Pines-Paz said.

"Most of Labor's essential demands were rejected or barely answered," he said. "We surrendered everything except for [freezing] college tuition."

Pines-Paz also called the defense minister's new title - senior deputy prime minister - "pathetic" as Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who nearly beat Livni in party primaries - would be named vice premier, which by law is the most senior position.

"Instead of opening a new page and forming a new government with a relevant agenda, the [Kadima, Labor] deal promises that what was, will be and only the name of the prime minister will be different," he said.

Meanwhile, Likud party faction chairman Gideon Sa'ar said Barak continued his pattern of "zig-zagging."

"Labor once again proved that it is a party that would join any government under any circumstances or conditions and that the only thing that is holy to them are their seats in the Cabinet," Sa'ar said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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