Former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday at the Herzliya Conference and called for a “popular protest” – as well as the next elections – to bring Netanyahu down from power.
“A fanatical nucleus of radical ideology,” he said, “has taken over the Likud by taking advantages of loopholes in the party’s constitution regarding primaries, and ‘cleansed’ Likud’s leadership of all those who valued democratic values more than populism or a temporary accomplishment.”
In the face of Islamist terror worldwide, he accused, Netanyahu’s government is mired in pessimism, passiveness, stress and a victim’s mindset. This is the complete opposite of the Zionist ethos, the crux of which was and continues to be, taking our destiny in our own hands.
“Implementing the government’s current policy will necessarily lead to an ‘apartheid state’ or a ‘binational’ state with a Jewish minority within a generation or two, with a high likelihood of being engaged in an ongoing civil war between its two parts,” he prophesied. READ MORE