Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak stages return to ‘topple Netanyahu’

Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak stages return to ‘topple Netanyahu’
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak holds a press conference at Beit Sokolov to announce that he will be running in the upcoming elections in September. (AFP)
Updated 26 June 2019
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Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak stages return to ‘topple Netanyahu’

Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak stages return to ‘topple Netanyahu’
  • Speaking at a Tel Aviv press conference, Barak called for an end to ‘Netanyahu’s rule’
  • Barak retired from politics in 2013, but has been an outspoken critic of Netanyahu since

JERUSALEM: Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak has announced he is returning to politics and is forming a new party that will aim to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections.
Speaking at a Tel Aviv press conference Wednesday, Barak called for an end to “Netanyahu’s rule with the radicals, racists and corrupt, with the Messianists and his corrupt leadership.”
The 77-year-old Barak, who was once Netanyahu’s army commander, served as military chief and then prime minister from 1999-2000. Most recently, he served as Netanyahu’s defense minister. He retired from politics in 2013, but has been an outspoken critic of Netanyahu since.
Israel will hold a second parliamentary election in September after Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition following April’s vote.