Yatom quits politics


A senior Labor Party lawmaker quit Israeli politics.

Danny Yatom announced at Monday’s Labor faction meeting he was leaving the Knesset in protest of corruption in the government.

Labor is a junior partner in the coalition led by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima Party.

Yatom, a former army general, had a short stint as Mossad chief in the 1990s but had to resign following a
string of high-profile intelligence blunders.

He made a short-lived run for the Labor leadership last year, losing by a wide margin to Ehud Barak and runner-up Ami Ayalon.

Yatom was an especially vocal critic of Olmert’s handling of the Second Lebanon War, as well as graft scandals dogging the prime minister.

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