Israel's Kadima ("forwards") Party accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today of "endangering the country's security" by offering trigger-happy Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman his pick of government posts.
The PM announced an electoral alliance between his own Likud Party and Mr Lieberman's far-right Yisrael Beteinu on Friday.
Over the weekend he said that the Foreign Minister can choose which of the top three Cabinet posts he wants if they form a new government - his current post, the Finance Ministry or the Defence Ministry.
But Kadima pointed out that Mr Lieberman was an "extremist" who had previously suggested bombing Egypt's Aswan dam.
"Is that the type of defence minister we want?" it asked, pointing out that the Arab spring had raised new security issues which meant Israel would need to be more flexible towards its neighbours.
Kadima is seen as a liberal party in Israel, although it was founded by war criminal Ariel Sharon and is committed to an ethnically Jewish state and the continued illegal occupation of large parts of the West Bank.