Tag Archive for Ehud Barak

Analysis: Is former PM/DM Barak’s allegation that Bibi endangered Israel correct?


Former Defense Minister Barak criticized PM Netanyahu for not having accepted the US station advanced weapons in Israel, something which may have presented a significant leap in Israeli technological & operational capabilities, as well as upgrading the security cooperation between the two countries.

By Alex Fishman


A year and a half ago, the professional leadership of the Israeli security apparatus, with the support of Former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, gave a recommendation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the aid proposal that Israel would receive as a result of the nuclear deal with Iran.In addition to increasing the amount of aid for the next decade, the US proposal included other deals which would have had dramatic impacts on security cooperation between the two countries and on Israel’s strategic abilities. Continue Reading »

Family of Killed Gaza Flotilla Activist Sues Ehud Barak in U.S.


Being sued in a civil court leaves no possibility for the former prime minister of Israel of being arrested.



Relatives of a US citizen killed in Israel’s 2010 storming of the a Turkish-led Gaza-bound flotilla are suing former prime minister Ehud Barak for the raid, in which nine activists died.

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Ehud Barak backs Israeli life-saving start-up with $1M

Former PM Barak invests $1 million in Reporty, start-up company app to help emergency & rescue services quickly identify, locate & get to individuals in danger.

By Sagi Cohen and Itamar Eichner


Former prime minister Ehud Barak has invested $1 million in Reporty Homeland Security, an Israeli start-up involved in the development of a global platform for real-time reporting, the use of which could save lives. The Reporty system helps emergency and rescue services to quickly locate and get to individuals in distress.

The Reporty application

Reporty was founded in 2014 by CEO Amir Elichai, who teamed up with Pinchas Buchris, former director-general of the Defense Ministry and ex-commander of the Israel Defense Forces’ 8200 intelligence unit. Continue Reading »

Barak goes to Beirut in drag: The amazing operation to ‘eliminate’ Arafat’s deputy


April 1973: Why was Ehud Barak wearing a woman’s jacket, a wig & blue eye makeup in Beirut?

By Yaron Druckman


Forty-one years ago this month, in April 1973, in one of the IDF’s boldest operations ever, a young Ehud Barak dressed himself as a woman, entered Beirut with a group of soldiers from the elite Sayeret Matkal unit and assassinated several key players from the Palestinian Liberation Organization in retribution for the Munich massacre at the Summer Olympics in 1972.

Since the operation Barak went on to become the IDF's chief of staff and prime minister (Photo: Emil Salman)

Since the operation Ehud Barak went on to become the IDF’s chief of staff and Israel’s Prime Minister – Photo: Emil Salman

Among those killed in the what is called “Operation Fountain of Youth” were PLO leaders, including Yassar Arafat’s unofficial deputy. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Former Defense Minister: Hezbollah will soon pick which building to hit


Former Defense Minister Barak says advanced missile technology will soon become cheaper for Hezbollah & other terror organizations to acquire in just five years’ time.

By Ynetnews


In five years, terror organizations will have missiles so precise they could “choose which building in Israel to hit,” former defense minister Ehud Barak warned on Wednesday.

Israel’s former defense minister Ehud Barak – Photo: AP

These advanced missile technology “will spread and become cheaper to terror organizations like Hezbollah and to Hamas militants in Gaza,” Barak continued, speaking at a panel on the use of science and technology in Israel’s security and intelligence. Continue Reading »

Kazakhstan & Israel Strengthen Economic Ties


Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak met with President Nursultan Nazarbiib at Kazakhstan’s presidential palace to discuss common needs for closer cooperation.

By Tova Dvorin


Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited Kazakhstan Thursday, according to Walla!, to strengthen Israel’s economic ties with the Sunni Muslim-majority nation.

Nursultan Nazarbayev and Ehud Barak -  Photo source: Sondakika.com

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev (R) and (L) Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak – Photo source: Sondakika.com

Barak met with President Nursultan Nazarbiib in the presidential palace in Astana, according to the daily. They reportedly sat for about an hour and discussed the possibility of further cooperation in regard to agriculture, health services, and industrial innovation. Continue Reading »

Outgoing Barak: We can’t rely on friends’ help to defend Israel

The outgoing Defense Minister tells Knesset Foreign Defense Committee in his farewell speech, that no power in region has the ability to attack Israel with ‘air forces & armored divisions.’



Outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned lawmakers Monday that Israel could not rely even on its best friends when it came to its security, whatever pledges they made to defend Israel.
Outgoing MK Defense Minister Ehud Barak and MK Avigdor Liberman, March 11, 2013 Photo- Courtesy Ministry of Defense

Outgoing MK Defense Minister Ehud Barak and MK Avigdor Liberman, March 11, 2013 – Photo: Courtesy Ministry of Defense

“When the world, including our good friends, says ‘don’t worry, we’ll know to take care of even the worst case scenarios’, I say, don’t take that for granted”, Barak said in his parting address to the Knesset Foreign and Defense Committee.

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Hagel’s Meeting with Barak is Described as ‘Warm’

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the U.S. will continue to provide Israel with military aid.

By David Lev


Despite the tight fiscal situation in Washington, the U.S. will continue to provide Israel with military aid, newly installed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Defense Minister Ehud Barak Tuesday. The two met in Washington, where Barak is visiting, after attending the annual AIPAC meeting this week.

HagelBarak met Hagel at the Pentagon, and was received by an honor guard, and a warm embrace from the Defense Secretary. During his opening public remarks, Hagel said that the U.S. Continue Reading »

Barak: Peace deal with Palestinians is impossible at this time

Israel’s Defense Minister says at AIPAC conference in Washington, ‘fully fledged agreement is not reasonable’ and suggests interim agreement  for immediate future. ‘If that is unobtainable we should consider unilateral action,’ Barak added.

By Yitzhak Benhorin


WASHINGTON – Defense Minister Ehud Barak made a surprising statement Sunday when he said that a “fully fledged” peace deal with the Palestinians was currently impossible.

"מתכוונים לכך שכל האופציות בנוגע לאיראן נמצאות על השולחן". ברק באיפא"ק (צילום: AFP)

Barak in Washington – Photo: AFP

Speaking at the AIPAC conference in Washington Barak proposed signing an interim agreement which would guarantee Israel’s security. He warned that if such an agreement cannot be reached, Israel would have to take unilateral steps to prevent a bi-national state. Continue Reading »

Syria denies Israel targeted missile convoy on way to Lebanon

In a letter sent to UN Security Council, Syria rejected statements made by U.S. officials, claiming Israel had struck a research center and not a convoy carrying anti-aircraft missiles to Hezbollah.


Syria‘s UN ambassador says there is “no truth” to reports that an Israeli airstrike last week, which seriously damaged a scientific research center, had targeted a convoy heading to neighboring Lebanon.

Israeli F-15 jets

Israeli F-15 jet – Photo by AP

International media reported on July 31 that Israel launched an overnight air strike on Syria-Lebanon border.

Syrian state television said the attack targeted a research center near the capital Damascus, and later aired video footage purporting to show the site of the alleged Israeli strike. Continue Reading »

Ex-Security Chief Diskin: Netanyahu & Barak are too weak

Former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin paints disconcerting picture of how Israel’s most sensitive decisions are made in his 1st interview since leaving office.

Dror Moreh


Yuval Diskin was once privy to top secret government discussions. As former Shin Bet chief, he sat in on meetings dealing with the Iranian threat, the Palestinian issue and Israel’s most grave security concerns.

Yuval Diskin in 'The Gatekeepers' Photo: Avner Shahaf

Yuval Diskin in ‘The Gatekeepers’ – Photo: Avner Shahaf

By the nature of his office, Diskin witnessed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak‘s conduct up close and personal. And by his own admission – he was horrified. Continue Reading »

In addition to the 2,612, Barak approves another 523 West Bank houses

Report:  DM Barak approved expansion of Gva’ot settlement in Gush Etzion prior to Palestinians’ UN bid.

Netanyahu to Asian envoys: ‘All Israeli gov’ts built in Jerusalem. We’re not going to change that.’

Itamar Fleishman


In addition to the approval of 2,612 housing units in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has green-lighted the construction of an additional 523 units in the settlement of Gva’ot, located in the West Bank’s Gush Etzion region, Ynet learned Wednesday.

גבעות, גוש עציון

On way to becoming a city. Gva’ot

Barak approved the construction plan prior to the Palestinian bidin the United Nations. It was further reported that the Housing Ministry has issued a tender for the construction of 5,760 housing units across the country, including a 1,000 in Givat Ze’ev, Har Homa, Karnei Shomron and Efrat. Continue Reading »

Ehud Barak gives up politics

Israeli Defense Minister announces he is quitting public life to spend more time with family; I want to write, study, live & have a good time with my family, he says.

By Yuval Karni, Attila Somfalvi


Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Monday that he is resigning from politics and will not contend in the upcoming Knesset election. He will complete his term as defense minister, he said.

נפרד לשלום (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Barak on Monday – Photo: Motti Kimchi

Barak stated that while he had difficulties making the decision, he was confident in his choice. “I want to study, to write to live and have a good time,” he said. Continue Reading »

Barak reiterates: Gaza…Hamas, Jihad took a hard hit

Defense Minister & Finance Minister  comment on Gaza operation, supporting PM’s decisions but apprehensive in face of what lies ahead.

‘Hamas will bounce back,’ Ashdod mayor Yehiel Lasri says.



“The price the other side paid was so great that it will have to think 70 times before doing this again,” said Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz in a special Ynet Live broadcast Thursday, discussing the ramifications of the ceasefire with Hamas and the aftermath of Operation Pillar of Defense.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg

“We had two alternatives, and we reached a crossroad,” the finance minister said. Continue Reading »

Hamas PM Haniyeh’s bureau in north Gaza bombed by IAF

IDF strikes 200 targets  Friday night, airstrikes hit Hamas gov’t offices in Gaza including Interior Ministry & Police compound

IDF assassinates 2 Hamas commanders




The Israel Air force struck Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh’s headquarters in the northern Gaza Strip early Saturday morning, according to the IDF Spokesman’s Office.

Hamas Headquarters Before bombed - Screenshot -IDF clip

Hamas Headquarters Before bombed – Screenshot -IDF clip

Haniyeh was not at the headquarters during the IAF strike, Israel Radio reported. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties in the strike.

Heavy rocket fire renewed Saturday morning after a relatively quiet night, with 40 rockets fired at southern Israeli cities since midnight. Continue Reading »