Ehud Barak
Prime Minister of Israel
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.
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November 09, 2014
2nd Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards
November 28, 2007
Ehud Barak, Condaleeza Rice and Tzipi Livni The President held a post Annapolis press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian representative Abbas and their cabinets to announce a year has been set as a time table to work towards a t
September 19, 2007
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June 18, 2007
Labor Party Chairman Ehud Barak took over as Defense Minister in a handover ceremony at the Defense Ministry compound in Tel Aviv, a day after the Knesset approved the appointment in a 46-22 vote. Barak and his predecessor as both defense minister and Lab
June 12, 2007
Former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak wins the Labor election. As Labor chairman he gives a speech at the party's headquarters, pledging to lead the mission along with Ami Ayalon, and restore Israel's deterrence. **Not for publication in the Israel
July 16, 1999
-d-2987s-031 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (Right) Is Escorted by Commander of Troops Col. Thomas M. Jordan (Center), U.s. Army, and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen (Left) As Barak Inspects the Joint Honor Guard During an Arrival Ceremony at the
July 15, 1999
07/15/99 Washington, DC President Clinton Meets with Prime Minister Ehud Barak in the Treaty Room, Residence, the White House on 15 July, 1999.
October 03, 1996
Bill Clinton with Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Washington D.C. 7/15/1999 Photo by Christy Bowe/ipol/Globe Photos, Inc.
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Why Israel's former prime minister is backing this startup
CNN - 5 months
Ehud Barak is a decorated former solider who went on to become Israel's defense chief and its prime minister. Now he's added another title to his resume: "startup investor."
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VIDEO: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on How to Defeat ISIS
Fox News - about 1 year
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak went ON THE RECORD on the ever-growing worldwide threat of ISIS and how we should defeat the terror group. Watch and weigh in. The post VIDEO: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on How to Defeat ISIS appeared first on Gretawire.
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10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis, to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, to the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn't be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So let's look at 10 reasons to feel better about 2015. 1. Iran nuclear deal: Despite significant political opposition and millions of dollars spent to try to quash the deal, the nuclear agreement with Iran was passed and the possibility of another U.S. military entanglement was narrowly avoided. The powerful lobby AIPAC had its wings clipped, as did Israel's Bibi Netanyahu (except that the deal unfortunately came with a payoff of even more U.S. tax dollars going to the Israeli military). 2. Cuba thaw: It's official! The U.S. and Cuba now have embassies in each other's territory for the first time in over half a century. The year has been marked by a UN meeting ...
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Ex-Israeli PM sued over flotilla raid that killed American
Yahoo News - over 1 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is being sued in the U.S. over his nation's deadly raid of six Turkish boats trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza in 2010, an event that still affects relations between Turkey and Israel.
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Anti-semitism at My Alma Mater
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Three weeks ago I received a strange email. "Did I know," my friend wondered, "about the antisemitism brewing on the Stanford University campus?" A young woman running for student senate had become subject to a barrage of hostility because of her religion and support for Israel. A campus newspaper reported that some student groups forbid its members from affiliating with any Jewish groups. Then, just a few days later, students awoke to swastikas spray-painted on a fraternity house. The Stanford University which I attended between 1996 and 2000 was far different. Israel was celebrated. The president of the school frequently noted that Israel's then-Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, earned his graduate degree at Stanford. What Happened? Stanford has been influenced by the venomous antisemitism of groups calling for boycott, sanctions and divestment from Israel (BDS). These groups equate Israel with apartheid South Africa, arguing that only pulling investments and imposing sanct ...
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U.S. opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran
Intifada - almost 2 years
Due to the fact that the appointment of Malley coincided with the crisis in relations between the U.S. and Israel, caused by the recent speech made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the U.S. Congress behind Obama’s back and without his approval, analysts have begun to talk about “changes in the U.S. role in the Middle East”       By Nicola Nasser*  The appointment of Robert Malley as White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region is not considered a sufficient indicator that there will be any radical change in U.S. strategy despite the campaign launched against the U.S. by the Zionists due to its openness to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria and Iran.  On 6 March, President Barack Obama’s administration appointed Robert Malley, the former senior director of the National Security Council who dealt with the Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf issues, and a member of the delegation negotiating the Iranian nuclear programme, as the Sp ...
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The Settlements: Israel's Albatross
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations that Secretary of State John Kerry worked relentlessly to reinvigorate four months ago have once again been stonewalled. The issue of the continuing building and expanding of Israeli settlements in the West Bank resurfaced as the central contentious issue between the two sides, threatening to torpedo the peace process altogether. The Israelis and the Palestinians view the settlements enterprise from a completely different perspective that defines their strategic objectives and is becoming increasingly irreconcilable every time Israel announces the building of new housing units. As the Palestinians see it, if the current negotiations are in fact aimed at reaching a peace accord based on a two-state solution, the continued settlement activity and their very existence throughout the West Bank stand in total contradiction to that objective. Consequently, this will inevitably deprive them from establishing a state of their own on th ...
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For Netanyahu, Iran Is Personal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For the most part in recent years, the debate on Israeli-Iranian enmity in general and Israel's threats to take military action against Iran's nuclear program in particular has been framed around such "structural" or "big" issues as the regional balance of power, state survival, national interests, and hegemonic dominance in the greater Middle East. While each of the factors sheds light on a unique aspect of the controversy, a good case can be made for the presence of personal dimensions to the increasing exacerbation of hostilities, rendering the whole problem yet more difficult to resolve. In the prime time of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's career as the Iranian president from 2005 to 2013, many academics and politicians alike were highlighting his thirst for grandeur, messianic beliefs and apocalyptic worldview as a major driver behind the escalation and thus an important cause for concern. This analytic perspective appears to enjoy adequate ground on the Israeli side too, and more specifical ...
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Khaled Abou El Fadl: Egypt in the Twilight Zone
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There are some very bizarre conspiracy theories circulating in the Egyptian media these days. If you watch any of the government-owned news channels, or even most of the privately owned ones, you will find displayed prominently on the screen: "Egypt is at War with Terrorism!" This is a summation and justification for all of the human rights abuses taking place in Egypt. However, this war on terrorism is rather unique because according to the Egyptian media, the terrorists in this war are supported by the United States and Israel. The anti-American rant seen all over the Egyptian media has even compelled the U.S. ambassador to Cairo to send a strongly worded letter to the Ahram newspaper, suggesting the Egyptian army may be directly responsible for the irresponsible anti-American fabrications that have been flooding even the Egyptian state-owned papers. Anyone following the Egyptian media since President Morsi's overthrow would get a very quick education in how to inven ...
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Jeff Cohen: My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day my delegation flew to the region, Israel announced that it had approved still more housing for Israeli settlers: "Israel has issued tenders for the construction of nearly 1,200 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank," reported London's Financial Times, "defying U.S. and Palestinian opposition to expansion of Jewish settlements three days before the scheduled start of peace talks." It's the same old depressing story, with Israel showing little interest in making peace. So before I turn to what's surprising and inspiring in the West Bank, let's acknowledge the bad news: Palestinians are slowly being squeezed out of their homes, deprived of their water and centuries-old olive groves, humiliated on a ...
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Ronald Tiersky: Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: The Least Bad Deal Is a Good Deal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The troubles have begun. Israeli/Palestinian negotiations as expected won't march along nicely. First was the good news. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet announced Israel would release 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. Yesterday chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said four groups of prisoners would be released, beginning with 26 on August 13, depending on progress in the talks. In between, however, Netanyahu announced Cabinet approval of a range of subsidies and loans for 600-plus Israeli communities listed as "national priority areas," of two kinds: poor, outlying Israeli towns and -- the provocation -- many illegal settlements in the West Bank set for evacuation if a Palestinian state is created. It's no consolation to Palestinians, who immediately condemned the move, that any settlement housing or infrastructure subsidies will need separate Cabinet approval. This first go-around makes the relation of forces very clear. Once again in almost a ...
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Steve Mariotti: The SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference -- A World-Class Event
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For the last three years, I have attended the SALT conference in Las Vegas. The brain child of Anthony Scaramucci, it is the top conference in the world for hedge funds and money managers. NFTE executives and Board members are invited to SALT, free of charge, because Anthony and Victor are two of NFTE's largest supporters. This year, our CEO Amy Rosen, my right-hand person Deidre Lee and I attended. Anthony Scarmucci SALT, born in 2008 when our government leaders said that money managers should not be going to Las Vegas while getting government bailouts from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Anthony and his partner Victor Oviedo decided to go forward with their conference while all the other major conferences were cancelled. That risk paid off. It is now the premier financial conference in the world and is close to the World Economic Forum in Davos as the top conference overall. Over the last three years, the quality of the conference has exceeded the prev ...
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Pacino, Papandreou, Panetta, Paulson: Welcome to SALT 2013
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
The SkyBridge Alternatives Conference – the annual hedge fund blowout better known as SALT, is a month away. And the official agenda for the three-day bacchanal, which sees thousands of hedge fund investors, allocators and hedge fund hangers-on descend on Las Vegas in the second week of May, has been released. Many regular SALT-goers will tell you, of course, that as the event has grown in popularity its official agenda has become but one part of the conference. A sideshow to goings-on inside the Bellagio are the unofficial meetings going on outside, in the hotel’s poolside cabanas. But SALT gate-crashers – a growing group of people who don’t pay for tickets to the conference but rock up to the Bellagio to network poolside with SALT’s paying guests – will be disappointed to know that the cabanas are a costly and official part of the event this year. The bungalows were all scooped up by SALT organizers, according two people familiar with the plans, and offered to guests for $20,000 ...
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Dan Raviv: An Honest Letter Could Help Free Israel's Spy in the US
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Although there was no mention of Jonathan Pollard -- the American who spied for Israel and was sentenced to life in prison -- during President Barack Obama's visit to Israel, Israeli leaders did call on Obama to release Pollard. And Obama refused. Pollard was the civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy who was arrested in Washington in 1985 and convicted of supplying Israeli spyhandlers with a vast quantity of classified documents and satellite photographs. Sentenced to life in prison, he is now behind bars at a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina. Thousands of Israelis have taken part in demonstrations, demanding that he be set free. Behind the protest signs and slogans stands an Israeli organization, the Committee to Free Jonathan Pollard. It operates as a charity, with an annual budget of around $50,000. It is funded by contributions from the public, and the managers say they do not receive any government money. The leaders of the committee are ...
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Israeli premier names new defense minister
Fox News - almost 4 years
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed former military chief Moshe Yaalon as defense minister. Yaalon, widely known by his nickname "Bogie," has said the Iranian nuclear program is Israel's top security concern. He also is known to hold hard-line views toward the Palestinians. Yaalon was Israel's military chief from 2002 to 2005, and served as vice premier in Israel's outgoing government. In that position, he served in Netanyahu's security Cabinet, which dealt with sensitive matters. Yaalon will replace Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who is retiring. Netanyahu said Sunday that Yaalon has the experience to lead the country's defense during a "decisive period for the security of Israel, as the region around us rages." The new government is to be sworn in Monday.
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Alon Ben-Meir: The Prospect for Peace Must Trump Potential Failure
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
President Obama's foray into the Middle East may well provide him the last opportunity to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which is central to the region's stability. Having failed in his effort during his first term to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the president may not want to invest significant political capital to seek a solution to an intractable conflict with an uncertain outcome. That said, the raging conflicts throughout the Middle East -- the horrific civil war in Syria, the unending violence in Iraq, the instability in Egypt, the simmering conflict with Iran -- may appear to have little to do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet they are interconnected and will affect one another. A resolution to this explosive conflict is a must and only the United States can influence, induce, pressure or even resort to necessary coercive measures to compel Israel and the Palestinians to make the required concessions and reach a peaceful agree ...
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Robert K. Lifton: Needed: A New Approach to Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The expectation that President Obama will visit Israel and the West Bank around March 20th has generated renewed focus on how he should approach the Israel-Palestinian issues. Israel's President Shimon Peres has said that the President's visit is a "good occasion" to restart the stalled peace process. At the same time, Obama's press spokesman has said, "while the President is not going with any specific peace plan in hand, the president thinks...it's in the interests of both parties, Palestinians and Israelis to pursue a peace agreement." This description of the President's approach without "any specific peace plan" and counting on "the interests of both parties ...to pursue a peace agreement" is a prescription for failure to move the process to any resolution. One need only look at two published recommendations in anticipation of the President's visit to appreciate why those kinds of approaches will be ineffective. Dennis Ross, former chief negotiator for the conflict and ...
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William Bradley: The Hailstorm Around Hagel Points Up the System's Dysfunctionality
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The hailstorm of controversy around the appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the new secretary of defense, having long since passed into the realm of hysteria, became a different sort of hysterical this week with the revelation that one of the most sensational charges against the apostate Iraq War backer began as a thoroughly misunderstood joke. Which is funny enough, I suppose, until you consider the deep dysfunctionality which this entire episode is revealing. While the melodrama around Hagel continues during the latest congressional vacation -- not that he won't be confirmed, because he will, as I discussed here at the end of last week -- major national security issues are playing out this week affecting relations with China (reportedly the center of massive cyber-attacks here and around the world), burgeoning nuclear power North Korea, the Afghan War and NATO. All these things and more have gone by the boards while the tragicomic Hagel confirmation ...
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Video: Who else may get Iron Dome?
CBS News - about 4 years
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak tells Bob Simon that Iron Dome might someday help protect American soldiers abroad
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ehud Barak
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Barak said he currently earns more than a million dollars a year, and that from 2001-7, he also earned more than a million dollars every year, from giving lectures and from consulting for hedge funds. Barak also said he made millions of dollars more from his investments in Israeli real estate properties. In the interview, Barak was asked whether he is a lobbyist that earns a living from "opening doors." The interviewer stated "You have arrived recently at the Kazakhstan despot Nazarbayev and the president of Ghana. You are received immediately." Barak confirmed that he has been received by these heads of state but denied earning money from opening doors for international business deals for Israeli and foreign corporations, and said he does not see any ethical or moral problems in his business activities. He further said there is no logic to demand of him, after "the natural process in democracy has ended" to not utilize the tools he accumulated in his career to secure his financial future. When asked if his financial worth is 10-15 million dollars, Barak said "I'm not far from there."
  • 2012
    In 2012, Barak's Independence party was due to run for election but decided not to, choosing to quit politics.
    More Details Hide Details Barak planned to quit since Operation Pillar of Defense and the Gaza War but postponed it till later that year. Barak stated during an American television interview that he would "probably" strive for nuclear weapons if he were in Iran's position, adding "I don't delude myself that they are doing it just because of Israel". This comment has been criticized and compared to Barak's comment in 1998 during a television interview when he said that if he were a Palestinian he would probably have joined one of the terror organizations.
  • 2011
    In February 2011, Barak attended a ceremony at the UN for the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
    More Details Hide Details Barak told the UN General Assembly: "an independent, strong, thriving and peaceful State of Israel is the vengeance of the dead. On this day, when we remember the six million victims, let us also remember two lessons: first, 'the Holocaust – never again.' And second – an independent, strong, thriving and peaceful State of Israel is the vengeance of the dead."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Labor previously threatened to force Barak to do so. After Barak's move, Netanyahu was able to maintain a majority of 66 MK (out of 120 in the Knesset), previously having 74 MKs within his majority coalition.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    From December 2008 to January 2009, Barak led Operation Cast Lead.
    More Details Hide Details Labor won only 13 out of the 120 Knesset seats in the 2009 elections, making them the fourth largest party. Barak and other Labor officials initially stated they would not take part in the next government. However, over the objections of some in the Labor party, Barak later reached an agreement under which Labor joined the governing coalition. Barak retained his position as Defense Minister.
  • 2007
    On 30 July 2007, Barak married Nili Priel (born 25 April 1944) in a small ceremony in his private residence.
    More Details Hide Details In his spare time, Barak enjoys reading works by writers such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and he is a classical pianist, with many years of study behind him. Barak earned his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1968, and his master's degree in engineering-economic systems in 1978 from Stanford University, in California.
    However, on 1 July 2007, Barak led a successful effort in the Labor central committee to stipulate that Labor would leave the government coalition if Olmert did not resign by September or October 2007.
    More Details Hide Details At that time the Winograd Commission would publish its final report on the performance of the Israel Defense Forces and its civilian leadership. The preliminary Winograd report released earlier this year laid most of the blame on Olmert for poorly planning, executing, and reviewing war strategies in the 2006 conflict against Hezbollah.
    After winning back the leadership of the Labor party, Barak was sworn in as Minister of Defense on 18 June 2007, as part of Prime Minister Olmert's cabinet reshuffle.
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    As a result, Barak faced a runoff against the second-place finisher, Ami Ayalon, on 12 June 2007, which he won by a narrow margin.
    More Details Hide Details Barak has been critical of what he sees as racist sentiments that have recently been expressed by some Israeli rabbis and rebbetzins; he views such statements as a threat to Israeli unity and that they may lead Israeli society into a "dark and dangerous place".
    In the first round of voting, on 28 May 2007, he gained 39% of the votes, more than his two closest rivals, but not enough to win the election.
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    In early March 2007, a poll of Labor Party primary voters put Barak ahead of all other opponents, including Peretz.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    However, Peretz's hold on the Labor leadership proved unexpectedly shaky as he was badly damaged by negative views of his performance as Defense Minister during the 2006 Lebanon War, which was seen as something less than a success in Israel.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Barak's attempt to return to a prominent role in Israel politics seemed to have failed.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Barak announced his return to Israeli politics, and ran for leadership of the Labor Party in November.
    More Details Hide Details However, in light of his weak poll showings, Barak dropped out of the race early and declared his support for veteran statesman Shimon Peres. Following his failed attempt to maintain leadership of the Labor party, Barak became a partner of the investment company SCP Private Equity Partners, Pennsylvania. He also established a company "Ehud Barak Limited" which is thought to have made over NIS 30 million.
  • 2003
    Barak divorced Nava in August 2003.
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  • 2001
    In 2001, Barak called a special election for Prime Minister.
    More Details Hide Details In the contest, he was defeated by Likud leader Ariel Sharon, and subsequently resigned as Labor leader and from the Knesset. He left Israel to work as a senior advisor with United States-based Electronic Data Systems. He also partnered with a private equity company focused on "security-related" work.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    On 22 August 1999, Barak appointed the Tal committee which dealt with the controversial issue of ultra-Orthodox Jews' exemption from military service.
    More Details Hide Details Following the failure of the Camp David summit with Arafat and Bill Clinton in the summer of 2000, when the original 7 years mandate of the PNA expired, and just after Israel pulled out its last troops out of southern Lebanon in May 2000, the weeks-long Riots in October 2000 led to the killing of twelve Israeli Arabs and one Palestinian by Israel Police and one Jewish civilian by Israeli Arabs.
    In 1999 Barak gave a campaign promise to end Israel's 22-year-long occupation of Southern Lebanon within a year.
    More Details Hide Details On 24 May 2000 Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon. On 7 October, three Israeli soldiers were killed in a border raid by Hezbollah and their bodies were subsequently captured. The bodies of these soldiers, along with the living Elhanan Tenenbaum, were eventually exchanged for Lebanese captives in 2004. The Barak government resumed peace negotiations with the PLO, stating that "Every attempt the State of Israel to keep hold of this area West Bank and Gaza as one political entity leads, necessarily, to either a nondemocratic or a non-Jewish state. Because if the Palestinians vote, then it is a binational state, and if they don't vote it is an apartheid state." As part of these negotiations, Barak took part in the Camp David 2000 Summit which was meant finally to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict but failed. Barak also allowed Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami to attend the Taba Summit with the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, after his government had fallen.
    In the 1999 Prime Ministerial election, Barak beat Benjamin Netanyahu by a wide margin.
    More Details Hide Details However, he sparked controversy by deciding to form a coalition with the ultra-Orthodox party Shas, who had won an unprecedented 17 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Shas grudgingly agreed to Barak's terms that they eject their leader Aryeh Deri, a convicted felon, and enact reform to "clean up" in-party corruption. Consequentially, the left wing Meretz party quit the coalition after they failed to agree on the powers to be given to a Shas deputy minister in the Ministry of Education.
  • 1996
    Following internal elections after Peres' defeat in the election for Prime Minister in 1996, Barak became the leader of the Labor Party.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    When Shimon Peres formed a new government following Rabin's assassination in November 1995, Barak was made Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995–96).
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    On 7 July 1995, Barak was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs by Yitzhak Rabin.
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  • 1992
    In 1992 he was awarded the Legion of Merit (Commander) by the United States.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, he was again awarded by the United States with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
  • 1991
    He served as Chief of the General Staff between 1 April 1991 and 1 January 1995.
    More Details Hide Details During this period he implemented the first Oslo Accords and participated in the negotiations towards the Israel–Jordan peace treaty. Barak was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Service and four Chief of Staff citations (Tzalash HaRamatkal) for courage and operational excellence. These five decorations make him the most decorated soldier in Israeli history (jointly with close friend Nechemiah Cohen and Major Amitai Hason).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    It has been alluded that Barak also masterminded the Tunis Raid on 16 April 1988, in which PLO leader Abu Jihad was killed.
    More Details Hide Details Later he served as head of Aman, the Military Intelligence Directorate (1983–85), head of Central Command (1986–87) and Deputy Chief of the General Staff (1987–91).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    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.
    More Details Hide Details These highly acclaimed operations, along with Operation Bayonet, led to the dismantling of Palestinian terrorist cell Black September.
  • OTHER
  • 1959
    Barak joined the Israel Defense Forces (I.D.F.) in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details He served in the IDF for 35 years, rising to the position of Chief of the General Staff and the rank of Rav Aluf (Lieutenant-General), the highest in the Israeli military. During the Yom Kippur War, Barak commanded an improvised regiment of tanks which, among other things, helped rescue paratrooper battalion 890, commanded by Yitzhak Mordechai, which was suffering heavy losses in the Battle of the Chinese Farm.
  • 1942
    He was born on 12 February 1942 in kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon in what was then Mandatory Palestine.
    More Details Hide Details He is the eldest of four sons of Esther (née Godin; 25 June 1914 – 12 August 2013) and Yisrael Mendel Brog (24 August 1910 – 8 February 2002). His paternal grandparents, Frieda and Reuven Brog, were murdered in Pušalotas (Pushelat) in the northern Lithuania (then ruled by Russian Empire) in 1912, leaving his father orphaned at the age of two. Barak's maternal grandparents, Elka and Shmuel Godin, died at the Treblinka extermination camp during the Holocaust. Ehud hebraized his family name from "Brog" to "Barak" in 1972. It was during his military service that he met his future wife, Nava (née Cohen, born 8 April 1947). They had three daughters together: Michal (born 9 August 1970), Yael (born 23 October 1974) and Anat (born 16 October 1981).
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