Ehud Barak

Raging Ehud Barak claims Bibi botched US aid deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2016

Last week's signing of a 10-year military aid deal between Israel and the United States, worth $38 billion, has sparked a bitter row between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and one of his predecessors.

While Mr Netanyahu thanked US President Barack Obama for the "largest aid package ever", former prime minister Ehud Barak claimed that he had botched the agreement over the aid package which, h


Barak leaves the election race, but is by no means gone

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Defence Minister Ehud Barak surprised both the political and security establishments when he announced on Monday that he would not run in the forthcoming elections. And, once a new government is formed, he says, he will vacate his office “to allow other people to come in.”


Mossad ‘defied Bibi order to prepare Iran strike’

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered military heads to prepare for a strike on Iran in 2010, according to a Channel 2 television investigation aired in Israel.

The investigation claims that Mr Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered military heads from the Israeli Defence Force and Mossad to get ready for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.


Barak makes pledge on Syria arsenal

By Martin Bright, November 1, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has reiterated his country’s determination to prevent Syria’s weapons falling into the hands of Lebanese terrorist organisation Hizbollah.


Ehud Barak: We must pull out of West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2012

In an interview with Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom on Monday, Defence Minister Ehud Barak called on the Israeli government to consider a pullback from “isolated” settlements in the West Bank as a step towards separating the Israeli and Palestinian populations.


Call for Egyptian action after border attack

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2012

Ehud Barak has called for "determined Egyptian action" following an incident in which more than a dozen Egyptian border guards were killed by terrorists on the border between Egypt and Israel.


Israelis gear up for an electioneering summer

By Ben Hartman, May 3, 2012

Early elections could be on the way for Israel with some forecasts predicting elections as early as the end of the summer.

Elections were originally scheduled for October 2013, but talk of early elections began last week when sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began leaking to the press the possibility of an imminent poll.

Early elections would favour Mr Netanyahu, who remain


MKs threaten walk-out over evacuation

By Ben Hartman, April 26, 2012

Following an emergency meeting on Monday night, an Israeli ministerial committee announced that it would ask the High Court to postpone plans for the evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Ulpana at the end of the month.


Israel waits for world to wake up as Iran blocks inspectors

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 23, 2012

The refusal of the Iranian government to grant the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to some of the country's nuclear plants will bolster the arguments of the Israeli faction, headed by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, that argue that diplomacy and sanctions will not deter the Tehran regime from achieving its nuclear ambitions.


No, Prime Minister

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

Was this just a slip of the tongue or was Piers Morgan trying to plant a subliminal message? Israeli Defence Minister and former premier Ehud Barak was the interviewee this week on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. But the presenter opened by calling him "Prime Minister". Barak did not rush to correct him.