Barak-Netanyahu Exchange Insults over US Military Deal

Former Israeli PM, Ehud Barak. (Photo: via MEMO)

Ehud Barak, Israel’s Former Prime Minister and Defense Minister, has said that current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had not dealt effectively with Israel’s negotiations that led to the recent signing of a military aid deal with the US worth $38 bn over a period of ten years.

In an article for the Washington Post, Barak blamed Netanyahu for failing to garner more money from the US.

“The damage produced by Netanyahu’s irresponsible management of the relations with the White House is now fully manifest. Israel will receive $3.8 billion a year — an important contribution to our security but far less than what could have been obtained before the prime minister chose to blatantly interfere with U.S. politics,” Barak stated.

Yet soon after Barak’s comments, Netanyahu responded by branding Barak “the greatest failure as a prime minister in Israel’s history”,  going on to criticize him for making comments to a foreign publication.

However, Barak was not finished. Throughout the evening he gave several radio and TV interviews in Israel, all of which were scathing towards Netanyahu’s performance in the negotiations and beyond.

He complained that Netanyahu had squandered the opportunity for deeper ties with the US in fields such as intelligence over Iran.


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