Ehud Barak warns against taking Trump at his word

Former premier says US president is a wildcard, but advises Netanyahu to take White House peace effort seriously

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference organized by the Israeli Labor Party, in Tel Aviv on January 29, 2017. (Flash90)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference organized by the Israeli Labor Party, in Tel Aviv on January 29, 2017. (Flash90)

 

Former prime minister Ehud Barak cautioned against taking American President Donald Trump at his word Monday, as the US administration’s special envoy was set to land in the country for the first time.

Barak, whose frequent media appearances have fueled rumors of a political comeback, accused Trump of being a wildcard, warning officials they shouldn’t rely on his statements.

“He is very unpredictable… and I would not take the risk of trying to estimate what stance he’ll ultimately take,” Barak told Army Radio.

However, Barak added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should take note of Trump’s interest in reaching the “ultimate deal” between Israelis and Palestinians.

The former prime minister pointed out that the US president went off script during his joint press conference with Netanyahu last month to look the prime minister in the eye and say a peace deal was very important to him.

Also Monday, Trump’s envoy Jason Greenblatt was set to arrive in the region for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders aimed at jump starting peace efforts.

Barak, who served as defense minister under Netanyahu before leaving politics in 2013, also recommended against publicly pressuring Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue of Iran, where Israel’s interests seem to diverge from those of the Kremlin. “We don’t really have the means to pressure him,” Barak said.

Moscow has partnered with Tehran to assure the survival of Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime and Netanyahu publicly urged Putin in a meeting last week not to allow Iran to replace the Islamic State terror group in Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday, March 9, 2017 (Israel embassy in Moscow)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday, March 9, 2017. (Israel embassy in Moscow)

While reiterating that he has no intention of competing in the Labor leadership primaries set to take place in May, Barak, 75, continued to emphatically refuse to divulge his future political intentions. “I am not the issue here,” he said.

At the same time, he continued the verbal shellacking of Netanyahu’s leadership capabilities that has led to many to characterize him as the de facto opposition head in lieu of the dwindling public support for de jure leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union.

“Netanyahu has been kidnapped by the extreme settler right,” Barak said. “His real agenda when he wakes up in the morning is (based on) what Naftali [Bennett] said [the day before],” referencing a perception that the Jewish Home chairman dictates government policy for the prime minister.

Asked for comment on the two graft allegations investigations on which Netanyahu is being probed, Barak described Netanyahu’s conversations with Yedioth Aharonoth publisher Arnon Mozes as being part of a broader “transaction,” going on to label it as bribery. He said Netanyahu should resign over the alleged quid pro quo deal he discussed with Mozes.

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.

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7 Responses to "Ehud Barak warns against taking Trump at his word"

  1. Khalid Talaat  March 14, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Lies and propaganda asside, the zionists left behind perfectly good homes in Russia and Europe to robbe the homes of others in a far away land. Let us right here and now stow away the lie of “the promissed land” where the sun don’t shine, assuming there are enough zionist backsides.
    At this time fair minded Arabs are considerate of the zionist born in Palestine and the question of where would they return too. They believe the Jews have lived among them for two thousand years and so what if a couple of million drop in as a thorn in their sides instead of just peaceful immigrants? Let us make peace with them and in a few decades things will get better, is their thinking.
    But there is one problem Mr. Avnery and all Israelis fail to notice. The problem is that Israelis and their zionit masters have the habbit of looting what they want without any regard or re-spect for anyone else. You do it by deception, cruelty and a smurk. You always imply the same from times ancient: we have your deposits, so what are you going to do about it? Well in 70 locations around the world and at 70 different times, the people routed you out. It is my fear that today the whole world sees your inhumanity and they hear you saying: We own all the banks and governments, so what are you going to do about it?

    • Khalid Talaat  March 14, 2017 at 8:29 am

      If nature repeats its self, and aborts what is unnatural for the 71rst time, this time might be the end of all zionists and the Jews they have hijacked. This would be truly tragic and some would say an act of God, the same God your Rabbis claim defeated in a debate.

    • Khalid Talaat  March 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Sorry wrong article. Sometimes funny things happen when I post.

  2. davor  March 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Netanyahu is an embarassment to every Jew out there and to every Israeli. But Barak is wrong to think that it is ok to replace the opposing terrorists with your own kind of terrorists. Such ideology ruins societies everywhere and there is no winner or gainer.

  3. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  March 13, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Opposition to Bibi continuing as Israeli Prime Minister is growing. Israeli mil/intel leaders also oppose Bibi — calling him a “fear mongerer.” If the opposition continues to grow, then Bibi is toast.

    Butt Bibi has support from Rotten-Child & Co. — as does Ehud Barak. In Israel & elsewhere, Rotten-Child & Co. hedge their bets.

  4. frog  March 13, 2017 at 9:12 am

    E Barak, one of the main architects of 911, before the towers came down, he was in the London BBC studios claiming OBL was the culprit, and was telling the world to fight evil Islam. How did this happen so fast, then the BBC claims building seven had fallen, 20 min to soon.
    Brits, don’t pay your TV licences, the BBC is supporting terrorism, and it is illegal to support a terrorist group..
    Unlike the rest of the worlds media being owned by zionist jews, the BBC cannot be owned, but the zio’s can certainly run it.

    • rockwool  March 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      And that is exactly why one should take notice to what Ehud Barak says here – Trump is a wildcard!

      This was the very most important thing in Barak’s message, implying that Trump is NOT part of the Illuminati (like the Pleiadean Clintons, Bushs and Obama is).

      Trump is an ignorant wildcard!

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