Ehud Barak


Ehud Barak is an Israeli politician who served as Prime Minister from 1999 to 2001. He was leader of the Labor Party until January 2011 and holds the posts of Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Binyamin Netanyahu's government. He is a graduate in physics, mathematics, and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Stanford University. He served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ehud Barak.


1942 Birth He was born on 12 February 1942 in kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon in what was then Mandatory Palestine. … Read More


1959 17 Years Old Barak joined the Israel Defense Forces (I.D.F.) in 1959. … Read More


1972 30 Years Old During his service as a commando in the elite Sayeret Matkal, Barak led several highly acclaimed operations, such as: "Operation Isotope", the mission to free the hostages on board the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 at Lod Airport in 1972; the 1973 covert mission Operation Spring of Youth in Beirut, in which he was disguised as a woman to kill members of the Palestine Liberation Organization; Barak was also a key architect of the June 1976 Operation Entebbe, another rescue mission to free the hostages of the Air France aircraft hijacked by terrorists and forced to land at the Entebbe Airport in Uganda. … Read More


1988 46 Years Old It has been alluded that Barak also masterminded the Tunis Raid on 16 April 1988, in which PLO leader Abu Jihad was killed. … Read More
1991 49 Years Old He served as Chief of the General Staff between 1 April 1991 and 1 January 1995. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old In 1992 he was awarded the Legion of Merit (Commander) by the United States. … Read More
1995 53 Years Old 1 More Event
On 7 July 1995, Barak was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs by Yitzhak Rabin.
1996 54 Years Old 1 More Event
He was elected to the Knesset on the Labor Party list in 1996, and served as a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
In the 1999 Prime Ministerial election, Barak beat Benjamin Netanyahu by a wide margin. … Read More


2003 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 64 Years Old 1 More Event
After Peres lost the race to Amir Peretz and left the Labor party, Barak announced he would stay at the party, despite his shaky relationship with its newly elected leader. He declared, however, that he would not run for a spot on the Labor party's Knesset list for the March 2006 elections. … Read More
In January 2007 Barak launched a bid to recapture the leadership of the Labor party in a letter acknowledging "mistakes" and "inexperience" during his tenure as Prime Minister.
2008 66 Years Old From December 2008 to January 2009, Barak led Operation Cast Lead. … Read More
2011 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2011, Labor Party leader Barak formed a breakaway party, Independence, which enabled him to maintain his loyal Labor's MK faction within Netanyahu's government, and prevented the departure of Labor party as a whole from Netanyahu's coalition-government. … Read More
2012 70 Years Old In 2012, Barak's Independence party was due to run for election but decided not to, choosing to quit politics. … Read More
2015 73 Years Old In an interview with Haaretz reported in January 2015, Barak was asked to explain the source of his "big" capital, with which he "bought 5 apartments and connected them," and by which he "lives in a giant rental apartment in a luxury high rise." … Read More
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