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Barak Presents Himself a Seasoned Candidate for Premiership

Barak Presents Himself a Seasoned Candidate for Premiership

Friday, 17 November, 2017 - 09:30
Ehud Barak speaks during the 19. Swiss Economic Forum SEF, in Interlaken, Switzerland, June 2, 2017. Anthony Anex/AP

Former prime minister Ehud Barak said that he is the most seasoned and qualified among other candidates to lead Israel, namely Benjamin Netanyahu.

In an interview with Amnon Abramovich, Barak was asked why he didn’t run for elections, since “the tweeting policy is cowardly, a behind-the-back move.” He replied that it was the most adequate way of communication for him meanwhile.

“Many people asked me if I was going to compete in the elections. Some showed me a survey conducted four months ago, and it shows that if I run for elections infront of Netanyahu then I will get the required majority and win,” added Barak.

He continued, “Netanyahu would get the most votes overall. But neither of us gets as many as 40 percent of the vote; 35 percent of the public doesn’t know whom to vote for, with Netanyahu prime minister and me as a tweeting citizen.”

“I don’t need encouragement, I’m immodest enough to see that objectively, judging by record, experience, being internationally known, intimate familiarity with security issues, statesmanship and economics, I am today more seasoned and more qualified to lead Israel than any other candidate, including Netanyahu, who is experienced but incapable of making decisions,” he added.

Responding on Abramovich question about the possibility of Barak forming a new party led by a number of prominent figures, Barak replied, “It’s an excellent idea, but premature. Such a list must be formed on the eve of elections.”

It is not the first time that Barak’s name appear among possible candidates, despite Barak’s stated support for Labor’s recently elected leader Avi Gabbay.

Coalition Chairman David Bitan and Shuli Mualem, in coordination with Council of Settlements, promoted a new bill that removes imposed restrictions on Israelis movement in settlements evacuated in north West Bank.

The bill is a first step towards rebuilding four northern settlements in Jenin. It will be presented before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation for voting next Sunday. Yet, voting is expected to be delayed for five weeks, in coordination with the Americans.

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