Ayalon touted for Israel’s Cabinet

Ehud Barak plans to bring his former rival for the Labor Party leadership into the Israeli government.

Barak, Israel’s defense minister, and Ami Ayalon, the runner-up in Labor’s recent leadership race, have been in talks on arranging a Cabinet post for the latter, political sources said Monday. 

As the biggest partner in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s coalition government, Labor can demand a slew of Cabinet seats, though the number of portfolios is limited.

Political sources said Ayalon would likely be named minister-without-portfolio but put in charge of specific tasks such as preparing Israel’s home front for future wars. A decision is expected in the coming days.

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