Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF chief Benny Gantz at a press conference in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2014. Photo credit: Ofer Vaknin
AMIR TIBON, Politico: Netanyahu vs. the Generals
Israel’s prime minister is fighting hard to weaken the most important moderate force in his country. Which is why he’s going to be a big problem for the next U.S. president.
Ehud Barak hadn’t given a speech in months, and speculation was rife about what he was going to say when he took the stage at a prestigious policy conference in Herzliya, an affluent suburb of Tel Aviv, two weeks ago. Barak was one of Israel’s leading political figures for two decades, having served as the country's prime minister in the late 1990s and later as defense minister under Benjamin Netanyahu from 2009 to 2012. Was he about to announce a political comeback?
It turned out that Barak, a former special ops commando officer, had one last mission in mind: To take out his former boss and partner.
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WNU Editor: A long and unfavourable article on Israeli PM Netanyahu, but well worth the read in understanding the disagreements that exist between PM Netanyahu and Israel's defence and intelligence establishments.