Former IDF Chief of Staff MK Moshe Ya’alon has informed Premier-designate Binyamin Netanyahu that he is willing to step down as defense minister-designate to clear the way for Labor leader Ehud Barak to enter the coalition government.
Speaking to Israel Radio’s Reshet Bet, the senior Likud official stated he supports Labor’s inclusion in the coalition and as such, he feels compelled to do his part to bring this to fruition.
Netanyahu’s office released a message praising his decision, stating he was chosen for the slot due to his integrity, professional abilities and wealth of experience, adding it is praiseworthy that he willingly places the national agenda ahead of his own personal gain.
While party seniors are applauding the humility of Ya’alon, many voters may be less than pleased since they raised their hands in favor of Likud, not Labor, looking for a new defense minister.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)