Barak: I can't promise there will be no future settlement mishaps
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Defense Minister called East Jerusalem plan 'embarrassing, damaging.'
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in an interview with Charlie Rose to be aired on Wednesday, has said that he cannot guarantee that there won't be any future mishaps regarding settlement building.
Barak was speaking about the trigger of the recent crisis in U.S.-Israel relations, which was the Israeli government's announcement two weeks ago of plans to build 1,600 new units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
"I cannot tell you that we fully control any step or any announcement about all these dozens [of] programs which are in the pipeline, including many that are related to Arab building in Jerusalem and so on," Barak told Rose.
"I cannot promise that no mishap will happen. But I can promise you that we will do our best to make sure that we'll keep with the American administration a kind of open dialogue about what happens,? Barak said.
The Defense Minister did emphasize his disappointment with the circumstances of the East Jerusalem building announcement.
?It was embarrassing, damaging, very wrong timing, but I can assure that neither Netanyahu nor the Cabinet knew about it in advance," Barak told Rose.
"It?s a complicated, uncontrollable process, but now the government nominated a committee of senior level officials to make sure that this cannot happen once again."