I have tremendous respect for Ehud Barak as a soldier and a strategist.
Israel and Israelis owe him much for his service and contribution to this country, especially the decision to withdraw from Lebanon in 2000, which he headed as prime minister.
It’s unfortunate that such a brilliant man also happened to be such a difficult person (please note that I am being polite). Almost all the politicians who worked with him fell out with him. His personality was a major reason. You hear about how badly he treated people. This is one reason why he no longer has a future in Israeli politics. Almost no one can or is willing to work with him.
This recent interview with Russia Today is recommended. You can agree or disagree with him, but he is someone who deserves to be listened to. He is a very clear thinker. He also seems to be a Putin fan..say what?
The annual Arab league conference just took place in Kuwait.
Where are the Arab leaders when many Arabs are being massacred in Syria and Egypt?
Which country in the Arab world is moving towards Islamic Jihad while trying to repair relations with Syria?
What about Pakistan? how does it play a part in the politics of the Arab world? How does Iran fit in all this?
With the Shiite – Sunni war raging in Syria, is the Palestine – Israel peace process still relevant? What should Israel do?
And last but not least: we know about the concept of Democracy, now meet its new Egyptian version called Democra-sisi. (Trademark Meir Javedanfar :-) )
To discuss these and more, Dr. Bruce Maddy – Weitzman of the Tel Aviv University Moshe Dayan centre and I took part in the I24 news “The Daily Debate” program.