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Barak Joins Rabin’s Inner Cabinet

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Israeli Interior Minister Ehud Barak has become a member of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s Inner Cabinet.

Barak, who retired earlier this year as the Israel Defense Force chief of staff, became the 10th Cabinet minister to join the body, which oversees Israel’s peace negotiations.

His membership in the Inner Cabinet became official Tuesday, when other Cabinet minister’s approved the Rabin appointment.

A senior political source said Barak’s appointment underscored Rabin’s efforts to stress security issues in the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinians.

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