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  • Chuck Hagel faces flat resistance to US regional policies in his coming Mid East trip

    05/13/2014 5:08:22 PM PDT · by kindred · 1 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 05-10-14 | unknown
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jeddah next Monday, May 12, to attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers, the first for an American defense chief in six years. This prolonged absence reflected the Obama administrationís military disengagement from Middle East affairs and the political estrangement that ensued between Washington and the region. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak commented in a lecture Thursday, May 8, at the Washington Institute for the Near East: ĒThe American administration changed its objective from no nuclear military Iran to no nuclear military Iran during the term of this administration.Ē...
  • "Yes Minister", St. Edwardís And The Empty Peace (Yes, Minister Flashback)

    04/11/2014 7:52:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Sarah Honig ^ | Sarah Honig
    No devotee of Yes Minister, yesteryearís BBCís classic, can forget St. Edwardís Hospital Ė that spanking new cutting edge facility that had no patients or medical personnel. Nonetheless, St. Edwardís hustled and bustled, a veritable hive of activity and creative energy. For 15-months since its much-ballyhooed inauguration, an administrative staff of 500 bureaucrats filled the hospitalís offices, pushed papers and generated red tape. Sounds exaggerated? A bit over-the-top for real life? Not really. John Kerryís peace project, for example, replicates the parodyís blueprints with mind-blowing precision. It is for diplomacy what St. Edwardís was for health care Ė an incredible...
  • ĎUS spied on Barakís home from apartment across the streetí

    12/22/2013 10:07:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 22, 2013, 11:41 am | Gavriel Fiske
    This is Ďvery grave if true,í says senior MK, calling it Ďclassic espionageí that Israel would not carry out against the US US intelligence not only spied on then-defense minister Ehud Barakís offices during 2008-2009, but also maintained an apartment opposite Barakís primary residence for that purpose, according to a report on Sunday, which came amid new revelations of the extent of US and British intelligence activity against Israel and other allies. In 2007, Israeli intelligence noted that the US government had rented an apartment across the street from Barakís high-rise apartment in Tel Aviv, and observed ďsizable amounts of...
  • Biden to Address AIPAC Policy Conference

    02/27/2013 6:33:36 AM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 2/27/2013, 4:09 PM | By Arutz Sheva staff
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference next Monday, it has been confirmed. His speech comes just ahead of President Obama's anticipated visit to Israel later in the month and amid renewed concerns regarding Iranís nuclear program. The 2013 conference, which will be held March 3-5, in Washington, D.C., will also feature addresses by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, House of Representatives, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD),...
  • Analysis: Barak Exits the Leftís House of Cards

    11/26/2012 2:37:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Mondayís resignation of Defense Minister Ehud Barak is another crack in the foundations of the center-left, which has been in a state of denial ever before the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and other Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria in 2005. Buoyed by a largely center-left Israeli and foreign media, which have done all but openly campaign against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Labor and Kadima parties have been grasping a dead limb that props up Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as a ďpeace partner.Ē The center-left parties feed themselves on feeling good over support of the...
  • Ehud Barak resigns from politics

    11/26/2012 9:15:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 11.26.12, 11:19 | 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. Barak stated that while he had difficulties making the decision, he was confident in his choice. ďI want to study, to write to live and have a good time,Ē he said. Ö The minister denied making the decision based on grim polls results ahead of the Knesset election. He further joked that he is following the footsteps of Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon, who recently announced he is taking a...
  • In shocker, Israel's Barak quits politics

    11/26/2012 8:48:31 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 11/26/12 | AMY TEIBEL/ap
    JERUSALEM (AP) ó Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections. Barak, Israel's most-decorated soldier and one-time prime minister, said he would stay on in his current post until a new government is formed following the Jan. 22 balloting.
  • (Ehud) Barak: Hamas has Learned its Lesson for now

    11/22/2012 12:56:39 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/12
    DM Ehud Barak told Israel Army Radio that the 1,500 targets hit by the IAF have made it clear to Hamas that any violation of the ceasefire will extract a price not worth paying. Reservist call-up was necessary. We had to be ready for an escalation that would justify a ground incursion. ....
  • (Israel Defense Min. Ehud) Barak: Hand Over 'Peace House' to Jewish Owners

    10/11/2012 5:08:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak has agreed to give formal recognition to the purchase of Hevron's Peace House by Jews, and has instructed the Civil Administration accordingly. However, this does not necessarily mean that the residents of the house will be allowed to live in it anytime soon. Barak's decision follows a September 13 decision by Jerusalem's District Court to approve the sale of the house to Tal Construction and Investments Ė Karnei Shomron. Barak's bureau announced that the decision was reached after consultations with the Attorney General and Government Legal Advisor, and with the military administration of Judea and Samaria....
  • Netanyahu to Ask (Israeli Defense Minister Ehud) Barak for Answers Tonight

    10/06/2012 4:49:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/10/12
    DM Ehud Barak and PM Benjamin Netanyahu met Saturday night in an attempt to clear the air of the tension that has been brewing for the past few days and for Netanyahu to get a grasp on what exactly happened during Barak's most recent official visit...
  • ĎBibi Needs to Take Charge, Fire Barakí

    10/02/2012 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/12
    Naftali Bennet, a candidate for leadership of the Jewish Home party, said Tuesday that he agrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is making trouble between Israel and the United States. ďThe behavior of Ehud Barak, who creates crises in order to be the one to fix them, is known,Ē he said. ďThe question is, why isnít Netanyahu fixing the crisis-maker and freeing us from the damage done by Ehud Barak?Ē Bennet continued. ďNetanyahu must take charge and fire the Defense Minister, not be a political analyst in the matter of crises created ...
  • Netanyahu: (Israeli Defense Minister Ehud) Barak Trying to Spark Conflict with U.S.

    10/02/2012 2:17:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/12 | Annie Lubin
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is trying to spark conflict between Israel and the United States. The two have been close confidants, with Barak, a left of center politician, originally giving Netanyahu legitimacy in the U.S. as a man of balance politically. Barak was Netanyahu's superior officer during their IDF service. According to Arutz 2, during a meeting Tuesday between the Prime Minister and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Netanyahu revealed signs of mistrust and conflict between himself and his defense minister, saying Barak went to the U.S. to stir up trouble, with intentions...
  • Report: Lieberman Not Averse to Unilateral Withdrawal

    09/28/2012 6:55:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/9/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Foreign Minister Lieberman has not ruled out the possibility of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from much of Judea and Samaria, Yisrael Hayom reports. Liebermanís stance - as expressed in closed-door meetings - was compared to that of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also raised the possibility of a major withdrawal in the region. Lieberman, however, conditioned his approval for a withdrawal on two things: that Israelís security interests would not be harmed, and that the international community would recognize the move as legitimate. He rejected the idea, raised by Barak, that Israelis living in areas affected...
  • (Defense Minister Ehud) Barak: Get Out of Most of Yesha or Accept PA Rule

    09/24/2012 10:01:00 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/9/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak has proposed a unilateral withdrawal from most of Judea and Samaria, with tens of thousands of Jews outside of population centers in Judea and Samaria to leave or remain under a Palestinian Authority government. He issued the suggestion of another one-sided move in an interview with the Yisrael HaYom newspaper. Excerpts were published Monday and the full interview will be published Tuesday, the day before Yom Kippur. Jews in Ariel, located in Samaria (Shomron), Maaleh Adumim -- a large city between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea -- and in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, would remain...
  • Obama Continues to Snub Israeli Leaders, Refuses All NY Meetings

    09/20/2012 6:32:02 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 9/20/2012, 3:26 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Tensions between Israel and the current U.S. administration further deteriorated last week when President Barack Obama refused to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to New York, where he will address the UN General Assembly. The White House insisted that the meeting would not take place due to the presidentís pressing ďcampaign obligationsĒ which would take him out of New York. Obama has further snubbed Israeli leaders by refusing to meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who will also be in New York next week, WND news station reported.
  • 'Egypt affirms commitment to Israel peace treaty'

    08/24/2012 1:43:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/24/2012
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke by telephone to his Egyptian counterpart Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday morning, according to Arabic-language news agency Al-Hayat. According to the report, al-Sisi affirmed Egypt's commitment to maintaining the 1979 Camp David peace treaty with Israel in the phone call, ahead of a meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. The report comes over speculation that relations with Egypt could break down over an Egyptian military build-up for counter-terror operations in Sinai, and Morsy's plan to attend the Non-Aligned Movement's conference taking place in Tehran at the end of the month. The conference marks the...
  • Danon to (Ehud) Barak: Approve Ariel or Resign

    08/11/2012 2:18:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/8/12 | Elad Benari
    MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Friday called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to intervene and complete the process of recognizing the Ariel University Center in the Shomron as a full-fledged university. Danonís call came following reports that Defense Minister Ehud Barak has been delaying the announcement of Arielís recognition as a university for over three weeks. The Judea and Samaria Council for Higher Education (CHE-JS) has already decided to recognize Ariel as a university, but final approval needs to come from the IDF, which has legal authority over Judea and Samaria. ďThis delay is unacceptable,Ē said Danon, who noted that...
  • Barak endorses Barack, touts US security support

    07/31/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/31/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Defense minister says Obama most supportive president of Israeli security; Panetta to arrive to press Israel to give sanctions time. In what appears like a clear endorsement of a presidential candidate, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday night that Barack Obama has been the most supportive president on matters of Israeli security throughout the two countries' diplomatic relations. In an interview aired late Monday night on CNN, Barak told Wolf Blitzer that the Obama administrationís support of Israeli defense and intelligence establishments was far greater than under any other administration he remembered working with since and including President Jimmy Carter....
  • Barak: Attack Shows Egypt Losing Control of Sinai

    06/18/2012 12:02:39 PM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Monday morning's attack by terrorists against Israeli workers building the security fence on the southern border is further evidence of the increasing failure of Egyptian security efforts in Sinai, said Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Speaking at a meeting of his Atzma'ut faction, Barak said that several recent events, including Grad rocket attacks against Israel over the weekend, meant that Egypt needed to do more to fulfill its international obligations. ďWe see Monday's attack as a very serious incident,Ē Barak said. ďIt comes in the wake of an incident on Shabbat in which two Grad rockets were fired into southern Israel...
  • Early Elections May Help Netanyahu Get Rid of (Ehud) Barak

    04/29/2012 4:42:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/4/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calls early elections, Ehud Barak, a thorn in the coalitionís official backing of Judea and Samaria, could be left out in the cold. The trigger for possible elections later this year is the movement for changing the military draft system, whose critics have targeted exemptions or shorter terms of service for young men studying Torah. The Prime Minister said Sunday he backs military service for all Jews and civilian service of Arabs, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with leaders of the ďsuckersí rallyĒ that has staged a week-long demonstration opposite his office. Protest leaders said...
  • Evicted Jews Sleep in the Streets, Wait for Answers

    04/08/2012 2:28:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews forced out of the Machpelah House in Hevron last week spent Passover in tents just meters away. In the meantime, the building sits empty. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, with support from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, insisted on going ahead with last weekís eviction ahead of Passover, arguing that Jewish presence in the building was an operational threat that must be rectified immediately. The IDF, he said, could verify that Jews had a legal right to the home after forcing them to leave it. The eviction caused discord in the government, with senior figures including Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and...
  • Israel's Junta Ė IDF Overrules Barak in Sansana

    02/24/2012 5:47:21 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/2/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    The IDF Civil Administration on Thursday took the unprecedented step of rejecting a government plan to normalize the status of the Sansana community in the South Hebron Hills. In Israel, as in other democracies, military officials are beholden to policy decisions made by civilian officials and are expected to implement their directives in good faith. The Civil Administration decision that "there is no justification for a new settlement, as [new homes] can be constructed within an existing settlement" comes 12 years after Sansana was established. In 1997 a Nahal outpost was established at Sansana, but the first homes were not...
  • (Ehud) Barak Warns: 'Tighten Sanctions Further on Iran'

    02/18/2012 3:15:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/12 | Chana Yaar
    Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on the international community Saturday to tighten sanctions even further on Iran, warning it is essential to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear development activities. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo following meetings with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other Japanese officials, Barak said, ďI think there is consensus now in most of the world's capitals that Iran should not be allowed to become a military nuclear power.Ē He added that at least in the West, and in North American, ďno option should be removed off the table in regard to dealing with the threatĒ of...
  • (Ehud) Barak: What did We Get for Disengagement? 10,000 Missile Strikes

    12/11/2011 11:47:57 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak alluded to the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza Sunday as he warned that Israel would strike back at terrorists there. "Since Friday, about 36 missiles have been fired from Gaza at Israeli communities," he said in a speech at the World Policy Conference in Vienna. "Israel will know how to defend itself and will not let this situation continue. [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon evacuated the Gaza Strip and took out every last soldier and civilian, gave instructions to tear down all buildings, even synagogues, so as not to supply any excuse to the Palestinians. And what happened?...
  • Israel: Barak Joins Dots on Mysterious Iranian Explosions (determined to prevent nuclear Iran)

    12/03/2011 9:39:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    IsraCast ^ | 12/04/11
    Barak Joins Dots on Mysterious Iranian Explosions Sunday, December 04, 2011 Defense Minister Ehud Barak: 'In Iran These Days Accidents Can Happen As Well As Other Things" 'Those Who Argue That We'll Know When Iran Makes Dash For Nuclear Weapons Ignore Possibility That Iranians Will Get The Bomb On The Sly & Then Become Immune From Intervention' IsraCast Assessment: By Saying Sanctions Would Fail & Refusing To Say If Israel Was Involved In Mysterious Explosions, Barak Inferred That Israel Was Not Ready To Allow Iran To Secretly Develop The Bomb For the second time in two weeks, a major explosion...
  • Barak downplays 'shadow war' against Iran

    12/03/2011 9:56:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak played down speculation on Saturday that Israel and US-led allies were waging clandestine war on Iran, saying sanctions and the threat of military strikes were still the way to curb its nuclear program. Barak was asked in an interview whether two explosions in Iran last month showed "the war has already begun" through sabotage. "I don't think so," he told Channel 2. "I think that the answer to your question is negative."One of last month's explosions in Iran killed at least a dozen members of the Revolutionary Guards, including a general. Iran called it an accident...
  • Barak: We Cannot Come Off 'Wimpy' on Iran

    11/17/2011 9:52:42 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/11 | David Lev
    In an interview Thursday morning, Defense Minister Ehud Barak sounded somewhat more pessimistic on the likelihood that the international community could stop Iran's nuclear program with sanctions than he did in an interview on American TV a day earlier. Speaking on Israel Radio, Barak said that although Israel was trying to convince members of the international community to economically isolate Iran, he did not think that effort would work. Despite his pessimism, he said, Israel needed to continue working through diplomatic channels Ė and avoid the alternative. On Wednesday, Barak had told American interviewer Charlie Rose that it was in...
  • Barak: World Should Join Hands and Sanction Iran

    11/16/2011 3:53:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/11 | Elad Benari
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak reiterated on Wednesday that a nuclear Iran would have dangerous consequences on the Middle East and the entire world. In an interview on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS, Barak said that the recent IAEA report on Iranís nuclear program left no room for mistakes regarding Iranís intentions. ďItís clear that they are determined to reach nuclear capability,Ē Barak said. ďNone of the series of experiments that they were running can be explained other than their pursuing a nuclear military capability. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...
  • Barak Caves, Says Israel Should Apologize to Turkey

    07/30/2011 11:12:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday said Israel was "willing to consider apologizing" for problems that occurred during last year's raid of the Turkish flotilla ship the Mavi Marmara in which nine Turks were killed when they tried to lynch IDF commandos. Speaking to reporters in Washington following a meeting with his US counterpart Leon Panetta, Barak said he would prefer to "come to an understanding" with Turkey rather than wait for the publication of a UN report on the incident, which he deemed "problematic for Israel." "Defense Ministry and IDF legal advisers recommend that we come to an understanding...
  • Barak vs. Lieberman on Concession to Turkey

    07/22/2011 2:59:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    While the government has thus far refused to apologize to Turkey over a clash aboard a Gaza-bound boat in 2010, senior cabinet ministers are divided on the matter. Foremost among them are Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak; the former staunchly opposes an apology, while the latter supports it. ďThis is not a legal matter, but rather a political issue, and is not a question of defending IDF soldiers but of neglecting them, of irresponsibility on the diplomatic level,Ē Lieberman said Thursday. ďIf there is an apology, that means admitting defeat on the battlefield and the political...
  • 'Peeling the Onion' of Barak's Authority in Yesha

    06/21/2011 12:42:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/6/11 | Hillel Fendel
    Sundayís Cabinet decision to strip Defense Minister Ehud Barak of some aspects of his unilateral authority regarding Jewish neighborhoods in Judea and Samaria is gratifying for the Land of Israel-loyal public. The Cabinet decided to transfer responsibility for the World Zionist Organization Rural Settlement Division from the Agriculture Ministry to the Prime Minister's Office. Specifically, some issues that until now needed to be approved by the Defense Minister will now merely be decided "in coordination with the Defense Minister." Judea and Samaria (Yesha) have not been annexed to Israel, and are still under military control Ė meaning that Defense Minister...
  • Netanyahu Takes Steps to Control Settlement Policy

    06/19/2011 10:36:14 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/11 | Chana Yaar
    Policy making for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria is moving from the Defense Minister to the Prime Minister's Office.. The move could be the result of an initiative by Coalition Chairman MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) and MK Miri Regev (Likud), who demanded that authority over construction be taken away from Barak after they visited Efrat in February. Defense Minister Ehud Barak had requested a delay in discussing any such action until he was to return from Paris. Nevertheless, on Sunday the government authorized the transfer of responsibility for the Settlement Department of the World Zionist Organization from the Agriculture...
  • Barak: Israel Will Build Houses Then Cede Them

    06/18/2011 12:36:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/11 | Gavriel Queennan
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak says the PA should not object to Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem because Israel will just hand over anything in areas ceded during talks, anyways. "There's a reality on the ground and natural population growth. People need to build kindergartens," Barak said, noting another construction freeze is not possible. "But why should the Palestinians care? If a building is constructed on land that will be transferred to them under a peace agreement, they will get the building, hence the issue if of no significance," Barak argued.
  • Barack, Barak, Mubarak (What happens when a community organizer tries to run the world)

    02/11/2011 3:15:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    February 11, 2011 | Vanity, Various
    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak President of the United States Barack Obama President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak Senator Barack Obama with Ehud Barak, July 23, 2008In this handout photo provided by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is briefed by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak (R) and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (2nd L) on the strategic balance of power in the Middle East as they sit in an Israeli Air Force helicopter before taking off for the southern town of Sderot July 23, 2008 from a helipad in Jerusalem. Obama defended his proposal...
  • How reasonable a purchase?

    02/06/2011 4:21:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 1/28/2011 | Yiftah S. Shapir
    In August 2010, Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced his decision to make the F-35 Lightning II ‚ÄŹ(aka the Joint Strike Fighter‚ÄŹ) as the future fighter plane of the Israel Air Force. Was it the right choice? The F-35 is a fifth-generation combat aircraft. As such it has some unique capabilities that would make every combat pilot¬ís mouth water: It is stealthy ‚ÄŹ(that is, nearly invisible to enemy radars‚ÄŹ); it has a suit of sensors that enables it to scan and track a large number of targets ‚ąí in the air, in the sea and on the ground ‚ąí and provide...
  • Barak: New faction to be 'centralist, Zionist, democratic'

    01/18/2011 9:19:58 AM PST · by dervish · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/17/11 | Gil Hoffman and Herb Keinon
    The Knesset House Committee on Monday approved a request by Defense Minister Ehud Barak to split from the Labor party and form a new faction called 'Independence' (Atzmaut). The split was approved with a majority of 11 MKs voting in favor. Shortly after the announcement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a request to begin coalition negotiations the newly-formed faction. Representatives from Netanyahu's office are expected to meet with Labor breakaway representatives MK Einat Wilf and Agricultural Minister Shalom Simhon. Speaking at a press conference at the Knesset after he and four other Labor MKs submitted the request, Barak said that...
  • Barak: Labor MKs Have Become Post-Zionist (Barak Denounces Labor's Slide To Far Left Alert)

    01/17/2011 3:13:21 AM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/17/2011 | Arutz Sheva
    At a press conference announcing his split form the Labor party Defense Minister and Labor Party head Ehud Barak slammed the remaining Labor MKs who he said "have been dragged to the Left, to post-modernism and post-Zionism."
  • End Of Israel's Labor Party (Defense Minister Ehud Barak Jumps Ship; Labor Party Splits)

    01/17/2011 3:06:19 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/17/2010 | Arutz Sheva
    Defense Minister and Labor Party leader Ehud Barak is to hold a dramatic press conference Monday morning at which he is expected to announce the splitting of the Labor party into two separate factions.
  • Israel's leader does not want to share Jerusalem

    12/12/2010 9:24:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/12/10 | AMY TEIBEL
    JERUSALEM Ė Israel's leader on Sunday dismissed a call from a key government partner to share the holy city of Jerusalem with the Palestinians, a reminder of the obstacles facing already troubled peacemaking efforts. Conflicting claims to east Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The dispute over the area, home to sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, has derailed past peace talks and spilled into violence. Palestinians claim the sector as the capital of their future state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reaffirmation of his intention to hold on to east Jerusalem drew criticism from the...
  • Israelis Are Willing to Divide Jerusalem

    09/02/2010 4:46:39 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 54 replies · 1+ views
    NYPOST ^ | 9/2/2010 | NYPost
    Israel is willing to make a sweeping concession -- dividing control of Jerusalem -- as part of a historic final peace pact with Palestinians, a key Cabinet member revealed yesterday. Defense Minister Ehud Barak signaled that his government is ready to drop its demand that even after the creation of a Palestinian state, Jerusalem would "remain the undivided capital of Israel." "West Jerusalem and 12 Jewish neighborhoods that are home to 200,000 [Israeli] residents will be ours," Barak told the newspaper Haaretz. "The Arab neighborhoods in which close to a quarter million Palestinians live will be theirs," he added, referring...
  • Hummus and Whiplash in Ramallah with Bassem Eid

    08/10/2010 9:04:11 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 8 replies
    JewishJournal.Com ^ | August 10, 2010 | By David Suissa
    It was the best hummus Iíve ever tasted. It came in a bowl, drenched in olive oil, with a few small garbanzos and shreds of parsley and hot green peppers sprinkled on top, and just the right amount of lemon juice. The elderly Palestinian man had made the hummus from scratch and served it to us with a salad plate, a bowl of falafels and a tall stack of hot pitas for just under 8 shekels. I was eating in a refugee camp in Ramallah with Bassem Eid, the founder and director of an NGO called Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring...
  • Israel 'close to deal on F-35'

    07/20/2010 6:57:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Space War ^ | 6/24/2010 | UPI via Space War
    After protracted disagreements, the Israeli Defense Ministry was reported Wednesday to be close to sewing up a deal to buy up to 25 U.S. F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft built by Lockheed Martin, which Israeli leaders believe is essential to counter Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program. According to the Jerusalem Post, the two sides reached an agreement on several Israeli demands to integrate Israeli technology into the aircraft. That followed a series of visits to Washington by the commander of Israel's air force, Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, and the air force's equipment and procurement director, Brig. Gen. Kobi Bortman....
  • 'Israel trying to block U.S.-Saudi Arabia defense contract'

    07/04/2010 8:27:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/4/2010 | Barak Ravid
    Israel is trying to prevent a big defense contract between the United States and Saudi Arabia from going through, a senior defense source told Haaretz. The deal includes the purchase of scores of new F-15 fighter jets and the upgrading of the 150 F-15s already in the Saudi air force. The source said Israel expressed a number of reservations to the Americans over the past month, and the issue is expected to come up in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meetings in Washington on Tuesday. Defense Minister Ehud Barak raised the deal in meetings with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and...
  • US military chief in Israel for top-level talks

    06/27/2010 4:20:20 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Zee News ^ | 6/27/2010 | Zee News
    The top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday for talks with Israeli military and defence officials, both sides said. "This is a very short visit -- he will meet with Defence Minister (Ehud) Barak and with (Chief of Staff) Gaby Ashkenazi and a few others from the defence establishment," a US embassy spokesman said. Mullen, who is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was expected to meet Barak at around midday, the Israeli Defence Ministry said without giving further details. A military spokesman said the meeting would focus on "cooperation between the two...
  • Israel asked U.S. to increase weapons supply

    06/10/2010 1:08:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 96+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6/10/2010 | Amos Harel
    Israel recently approached the United States with new requests for security-related purchases, Haaretz has learned. The requests included Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM ) bombs for the Israel Air Force, as well as a significant expansion of the emergency stores held by the U.S. army in Israel.The Israeli requests were brought up during recent visits to Washington by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and director-general of the Defense Ministry, Udi Shani, and in conversations with senior administration and Congress officials. The priority list reflects the security threats the defense establishment believes Israel will face in the next few years, i.e. the...
  • Israel, the United States, and the Military Option against Iran

    03/20/2010 7:43:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 309+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 3/20/2010 | Zaki Shalom and Jonathan Schachter
    In a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on February 26, 2010, Defense Minister Ehud Barak made extensive reference to Iran, its attempts to obtain nuclear capabilities, and the policy ramifications for the major powers and Israel towards Iran. Despite a certain measure of opacity in his address, Barak did make some unequivocal statements of interest. These express the situation assessment prevalent in Israel regarding Iranís nuclear goal and the gaps between Israel and the American administration and their implications from Israelís perspective. What follows are highlights: a. Iran is a threat challenging not only Israel but...
  • Barak: Syria shouldn't test Israel

    02/18/2010 12:50:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/17/2010 | Jpost.com Staff and Associated Press
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday reiterated his view that Jerusalem must enter peace talks with Damascus in the near future, prefacing his message with a warning to Syria not to make a military gamble against Israel. ďIíve heard some statements about Syria. I do not recommend to any neighboring country, including Syria, to put us to the test. Having said that, I do believe a genuine negotiation with Syria is one of Israel interests. I keep on calling on [Syrian President Bashar] Assad Ė we all understand whatís on the table and the time is now,Ē Barak said during...
  • Wooing Damascus to isolate Teheran

    02/05/2010 10:07:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 276+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/05/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    The IDFís deployment along the Golan Heights did not change on Thursday, despite the escalation in rhetoric on both sides of the Israeli-Syrian border. Relations between the countries took a turn for the worse on Monday, when Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a gathering of senior IDF officers that in the absence of a peace deal with Syria, Israel could find itself at war with its neighbor to the north. The war, he said, would be pointless since its conclusion would likely be followed by immediate peace talks that would focus on the same issues that are currently separating the...
  • 'Lack of borders within Israel is our greatest threat'

    01/27/2010 11:09:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 441+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/27/2010 | Yaakov Kaatz
    day after the German press revealed that Iran would be capable of manufacturing a nuclear bomb within the coming year, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday that the continued stalemate in the peace process with the Palestinians poses a greater threat to Israel than a nuclear bomb in the hands of the Islamic Republic. "The lack of defined boundaries within Israel, and not an Iranian bomb, is the greatest threat to our future," Barak said during a conference in Tel Aviv. On Wednesday, Barak will head to Sharm e-Sheikh for talks with President Hosni Mubarak that will focus on...
  • New Israeli shield needs years to deploy

    01/13/2010 10:20:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 282+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/13/2010 | UPI Via Space War
    Days after completing a test of its Iron Dome shield, Israel says it will take years before the Jewish state's new rocket anti-missile system will be fully deployed. The warning was sounded by Defense Minister Ehud Barak who predicted, meantime, that once deployed along his country's borders with Gaza and Lebanon, the Iron Dome system will significantly reduce hostilities from militants. Developed over the last two years at a cost of $200 million by state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., the Iron Dome uses small guided missiles to destroy short-range rockets used by Hezbollah and Hamas militants. The system, which...