Ehud Barak calls to topple Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been under attack on Thursday by not once but two of his former defense ministers, Moshe Ya’alon and Ehud Barak.

After Ya’alon declared he intends to run for office, Barak called to oust the current government.

“I call upon the government to come to its senses and get back on track,” Barak said at the Herzliya Conference on Thursday evening. “If not, all of us, yes, all of us, must get out of our seats and topple it through civil uprising and the ballot box before it’s too late.”

Barak accused Netanyahu of the “Hitlerization of every changing regional threat,” naming Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as people Netanyahu has branded as the “Hitlers of our time.” Barak said it was this that truly “cheapens the Holocaust.”

Barak, who is now out of politics, said Netanyahu’s Likud party was been taken over by an “extreme ideology” that instead of pursuing peace with the Palestinians is leading Israel toward a “one-state” reality in which Israel becomes an apartheid-like country or a “binational state” with a Jewish minority.

“We are being led by a weak prime minister and a weak government,” Barak concluded.

Netanyahu dismissed both Ya’alon and Barak’s criticism, saying Barak was someone “who attacks me every month, he’s just trying to remain in the public consciousness.”

The Likud party also rejected the criticism by both former defense ministers as well, saying in a statement that “it appears the Herzliya Conference this evening has turned into the primaries for the party of frustrated candidates who are fighting to become the left-wing’s savior.”

The Likud statement went on to say that “Those who found themselves out of the political system stood this evening behind any microphone put in front of them and with fiery speeches said the exact opposite of what they said when they were in office—just so they could get a headline in the media and remain in the public consciousness. It’s very strange that both praised the prime minister and expressed their complete trust in him when they were serving as ministers. An ideology doesn’t change with one’s position.