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You Thought He Was Gone for Good, But Now… Here’s… Ehud!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This is one of those political scoops that would make anyone on the right within Likud-Beiteinu cringe, grimace, sigh—even a few molars would probably be gnashed. Which is why a senior Likud minister (they never just come out and identify themselves) told reporter Zeev Kam of Maariv that Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheming to keep Defense Minister Ehud Barak in his post, despite the fact that Barak has already announced his resignation from political life (leaving his sliver-party’s couple of MKs hanging in the wind).

“Have you noticed how Barak has gone underground recently, to convey to Likud voters that he is out of the game?” the senior Likudnik told Maariv. Well, Barak’s “going underground” has been accompanied by several uncharacteristic moves on the part of the outgoing Defense Minister.

There were the announcements of construction approvals in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, which Barak did not object to publicly and in some of the cases actually gave his own approval to continued construction.

“All of a sudden, after so many years of resistance, he (Barak) also gives an order to upgrade Ariel College to a university,” the anonymous cabinet minister added. “These things are never a coincidence. It’s a systematic ploy to prepare the Likud supporters for the possibility of getting Barak for a second term.”

Other Likud sources have also estimated on Sunday that the chances have increased that after the elections Netanyahu will turn to Barak and ask him to stay in Defense – a move that could shake up the entire party.

Barak is one of the least popular figures among Likud’s Knesset list and its government ministers. He is loathed not by the pro-settler MKs but also by senior ministers such as former IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon, who has been eyeing Defense for some time now.

Another senior source inside Likud told Maariv: “We are on a downslide in the polls, losing out to HaBayit HaYehudi, and the talk in recent days inside the party that Barak will be defense minister in the next government, too, could bring us down another notch.”

The same source added that “should Likud voters learn that Barak is the next defense minister, and the chances for that have increased recently, our situation will be very bad. We’ll be ushering in Naftali Bennett with 20 seats.”

On the other hand, other Likud sources have pointed out that at least the political process of appointing Barak would be difficult and complicated. “The number of seats won by Likud-Beiteinu is expected to be smaller, compared to the previous election, but the number of MKs who see themselves as candidates to serve as ministers is actually larger,” those other sources told Maariv. “Which means it would be next to impossible politically to launch such a move and get it passed through the party apparatus.”

The Likud-Beiteinu campaign spokesperson’s office, as well as Minister Moshe Yaalon’s office have denied the rumors, and stated that they did not engage in speculations. Barak’s office said they had no comment.

To Everyone’s Surprise, Barak Turns Ariel College Into a University

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Right now, a lot of eyebrows are probably being raised as high as the champagne glasses, after Defense Minister Ehud Barak granted Ariel College his stamp of approval. This was the last step needed for Ariel College to receive official recognition and accreditation as a university.

Barak instructed Major General Nitzan Alon to recognize the school, located in the city of Ariel in the Shomron, as a university, after refusing to do so since the paper crossed his desk in September.

Barak will be ending this phase of his political career following his decision to not run in the upcoming elections.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein also recommended that the approval be granted.

Last month MK Tzipi Hotoveli told JewishPress.com that PM Netanyahu would ensure that the university was approved before the upcoming elections. Turns out she was right.

But there are still roadblocks ahead as the Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities, who oppose the accreditation on political grounds, plan to take the decision to the High Court of Justice, where they believe the decision will be overturned.

Another Reason Why Barak’s Resignation Spells Relief for Judea and Samaria

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Here’s an opinion in the New Republic on Ehud Barak’s departure from the defense ministry which…

will have far-reaching implications for Israeli policy. That’s because the man most likely to replace Barak, Strategic Affairs Minister and Vice Prime Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, disagrees with him on two of Israel’s most contentious issues: Iran’s nuclear program and West Bank settlements…

Though Ya’alon supported the 1993 Oslo Accords, in recent years he has shifted right on the Palestinian issue. At a 2009 conference, he called the group Peace Now a “virus” and said—regarding U.S. pressure over settlements—that he was “not afraid of the Americans.” “From my perspective,” he was quoted as saying, “Jews can and need to live in all of the Land of Israel for all eternity.”  Ya’alon elaborated on his thoughts in the Ha’aretz interview with Ari Shavit:

Ya’alon: As long as the other side is not ready to recognize our right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people, I am not ready to forgo a millimeter. I am not even willing to talk about territory. After land-for-peace became land-for-terror and land-for-rockets, I am no longer willing to bury my head in the sand. In the reality of the Middle East what is needed is stability above all. Stability is achieved not by means of imaginary agreements on the White House lawn but by means of defense, by means of a thick stick and a carrot.

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DM Barak: Unilateral Withdrawal Will Lead to Israeli Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In excerpts of an interview published by Yisrael HaYom newspaper, Defense Minister Ehud Barak proposed a unilateral withdrawal from most of Judea and Samaria, requiring tens of thousands of Jews to leave their homes or remain under the sovereignty of the Palestinian Authority.

Under Barak’s plan, major Jewish population centers – according to him, 90% of the Jews of Judea and Samaria – would remain under Israeli control.  Israel would also maintain a military presence in the Jordan Valley and on hilltops of Samaria overlooking and in proximity to places of import such as Ben Gurion International Airport.

Barak’s full policy discussion will be published on Tuesday, before the Yom Kippur holiday.

Barak’s plan would be similar to the one carried out in 2005 in the Jewish communities of Gaza known as Gush Katif, and would include payments to families forcibly evicted from their homes.  Barak likely did not envisage a similar outcome to that of the Gaza expulsion, which was the creation of a Hamas-run state frequently targeting Israeli civilian areas in rocket attacks.

According to the interview, in which Barak called PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas a “real partner” for negotiations, he is not sure “if this will succeed”.  Yet he claimed this is the only way to legitimately lay sovereign claim to Jewish communities in the biblical heartland.

“ It would be a great achievement if we succeed to bring them into the permanent borders of Israel” after 45 years of Israeli settlement in Judea and Samaria, he said.

Defense Minister Barak Meets with U.S. Senators, Discusses Syria and Iran

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with a delegation of U.S. senators in Tel Aviv on Monday, and reiterated his government’s conviction that the recent nuclear talks in Baghdad were yet another example of Iran “dragging its feet while attempting to deceive the world.”

Barak was referring to the fruitless negotiations that took place last week, where the West saw its glimmer of hope dashed by Iran’s rejection of the P5+ 1′s proposal (the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia, China, Germany) to rein in Iran’s nuclear program. He also took the opportunity to emphasize that “All options remain firmly on the table.”

Barak also discussed the massacre perpetrated by the Assad regime in Houla on Friday. “Israel supports the UN Security Council’s condemnation of the atrocities in Syria.  The pictures of the children’s mutilated bodies are both shocking and disturbing.  We call upon the nations of the world to unite and act immediately to stop the ongoing massacre of innocents.”

120 Border Guards Disrupt Wedding in Ramat Migron Outpost

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Tatzpit news agency reports that a force of at least 120 Border Guard police in more than 15 vehicles arrived on Monday night at the outpost of Ramat Migron, near the village of Migron in Judea and Samaria, barging into an area where a wedding of two local residents was to being prepared, and presented local residents with an order declaring the place a closed military zone.

Two court decisions from recent weeks ruled that the closed military zone order is not applicable to Jews living at the site.

The Forces demanded the removal of all the arrangements for the wedding, including dismantling the Chupa. They threatened the guests with arrests.

Light clashes ensued, then the wedding ceremony was moved to a nearby area, away from the original spot.

Border Guards near the dismantled wedding area in Ramat Migron. The ceremony was moved to a different, nearby location. Photo: Ehud Amiton / Tatzpit

Border Guards near the dismantled wedding area in Ramat Migron. The ceremony was moved to a different, nearby location. Photo: Ehud Amiton / Tatzpit

A resident of Ramat Migron initially told Tatzpit that despite attempts by the Border Guards to disrupt the celebration, “the wedding was taking place tonight as planned on the ridge of Ramat Migron.”

But later, one of the wedding planners told Tatzpit: “Border Guard forces arrived to fight us head to head and to try and disrupt today’s simcha. On Friday those forces demolished the house where the young couple had planned to reside after the wedding. This is one more step in their attempt to prevent the creation of anew home in Israel and a new home in Ramat Migron.”

The wedding took place after all, near Givat HaYekev, where the Psagot Winery is located. (The winery was in the news this week, following the South African government’s decision to mark its wines as a product of the “occupied territories.”)

A sources close to the Ramat Migron outpost told the Jewish Press that the disruption tonight was part of an ongoing effort on the part of the Ministry of defense, going all the way up to Ehud Barak, to prevent any sign of enhanced settlement in their outpost.

The source, who did his IDF service in a combat unit, said the forces used by the Border Guard in confrontations with Ramat Migron settlers are typically three- to four-times what is standard procedure in picking up an Arab terrorist from his village home.

A while back, when a wedding of two Ramat Migron residents was celebrated in Jerusalem, Border Guard forces used the opportunity to raze the entire outpost, which had been left empty.

Another time, during an engagement party at Ramat Migron, forces arrived to remove residents.

Germany Transfers Fourth Dolphin Class Submarine to Israel

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Israel received the INS Tanin – its fourth Dolphin class submarine – on Thursday, in an official ceremony at the Kiel shipyard in Hamburg, according to a statement released by the Israeli government.

Senior Israeli officials and their German counterparts launched the INS Tanin, “considered to be among the most advanced and sophisticated submarines in the world, and will be Israel’s most expensive piece of military equipment.” The submarine cost approximately $500 million, one-third of which was funded by the German Government, and is slated to arrive in Israel next year.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak – who last month signed an agreement to procure a sixth submarine – said that “the submarine will be another force multiplier in terms of the capabilities and strength of the IDF and the State of Israel in the face of the growing regional challenges.

The Navy has been undergoing a number of strategic changes in recent years,” he continued. “Changes that place it as the long arm of the IDF, at the very forefront of the campaign to secure the State of Israel.” The fifth Dolphin submarine will join the fleet in 2014.

Finance Minister: Evacuating Beit El Is Morally Reprehensible

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Israel’s Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz Sunday morning objected during the weekly cabinet meeting to the court-ordained plan to evacuate and demolish the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in Beit El.

Saying there are certain things which simply cannot be done morally, Steinitz added: “It is prohibited to evacuate Ulpana Hill on logical, Zionistic and moral grounds.”

He further noted that “even within the Green Line will not be evacuating an entire settlement or an entire neighborhood. I have suggested the principle of ‘seven square,’ meaning that any community with seven households or more, and has been on the ground for seven years or more will not be evacuated, even if someone proves ownership. Instead defendants would pay punitive damages. We would not have destroyed a neighborhood in Tel Aviv and Kfar Sava, even if after 20 years someone proves that he has title to the land.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak sharply criticized the Likud ministers who have been calling to prevent the evacuation of the Ulpana Hill neighborhood.

“There’s no no point in this rant,” Barak said at the start of the cabinet meeting, “much of this fervor is not based on a pragmatic discussion of the Ulpana neighborhood but comes out of other considerations which I do not wish to describe. The Defense and Civil Administrations are seeking, along with the Attorney General, to try and exhaust all our options.”

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