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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Government ministers push back against Clinton

Israeli government ministers Gilad Erdan Eli Yishai and Yuval Steinitz pushed back on Sunday against remarks made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday. This is from the first link.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called Clinton's claims "completely exaggerated." He claimed that Israel is a healthy democracy. "I don't know many better democracies in the world."

Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan suggested that "elected officials all over the world should first worry about their problems at home." He added, however, that he shared some of Clinton's concerns about the exclusion of women.

"I, of all people, who grew up in a religious home, think that these steps cause hatred of the Jewish religion and I hope that the government will take steps that demonstrate its obligation to maintain equality between men and women in Israel."

Interior Minister Eli Yishai said that "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and I believe that everything we do here will be done according to the law and I am not worried about it."
Gee guys, can we do a little better than that?

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