Ehud Barak on Israel’s Next Steps
The former Israeli army chief and prime minister says: “We will probably lose the support of public opinion in many parts of the free world.”
There is perhaps no other person alive who has Ehud Barak’s range of experience for what war in Gaza looks like—and how Israel’s wartime decisions get scrutinized by the media. Barak led the army when Israel first pulled out of the Gaza Strip in 1994 after the Oslo Accord negotiations. In 2000, during the Second Intifada, a major Palestinian uprising, Barak held the dual roles of defense minister and prime minister. And then in a later stint as defense minister at the end of 2008, Barak led what was called Operation Cast Lead—a three-week conflict with Palestinian paramilitary groups that has been Israel’s largest ground operation in Gaza to date.
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Twitter: @RaviReports
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