Barak Continues Sending Mixed Signals at Coalition Talks Continue


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Senior monetary officials and economic experts are expected to take part in talks intended to reach a mutually acceptable solution to differences between Premier-designate Tzipi Livni and Labor Party leader Ehud Barak, who is not satisfied with current budgetary realities.
While aides to Livni continue releasing messages of confidence, Barak aides are sending messages of uncertainty, seemingly seeking to pressure Livni who anxiously wishes to sign a deal with Labor, which would most likely lead to Shas’ inclusion in the now-forming coalition government.
Livni is remaining firm, in support of Finance Minister Roni Bar-On, stating she will not break from budgetary limitations at a time when the global community if focusing on a growing monetary crisis.
Among the senior officials invited to the Sunday meeting is Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer.
Barak aides explain “we have definitive red lines and we will not enter the new coalition at any cost”. They explain that there must be “true partnership” and if Labor does not have “a say in governmental policies”, there is no point in entering into such a coalition.
In another government matter, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who announced he was “taking a break” following his defeat in the Kadima leadership race, is planning to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)