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Then-IDF Chief of Staff Ehud Barak (at right) and Jordanian army Chief of Staff shake hands after the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty signing ceremony in October 1994. Photo: Ohayon Avi/GPO

Autobiography details Ehud Barak’s fascinating military, political career

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 7, 2018

As many readers may know, Ehud Barak is Israel’s most decorated military man. He grew up on a kibbutz in what became northern Israel after independence in 1948 and rose to chief of staff before leaving the military and going into politics on the Labor...

Letters to the Editor: November 30, 2016

Published November 30, 2016

A different perspective on BarakAfter reading the Light’s Nov. 9 article “Ehud Barak urges leaders to talk less, act more,” I would like to remind everyone that this is the same man, who as Israeli Prime Minister in 2000, was ready to summarily...

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (left) and Maryville University President Dr. Mark Lombardi at Powell Hall last week for Barak’s talk as part of Maryville’s St. Louis Speakers Series. Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Ehud Barak urges leaders to talk less, act more

BY ROBERT A. COHN , Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished November 9, 2016

Ehud Barak is like a character in a spy thriller by Israeli novelist Daniel Silva — except that Barak is real and realistic about the State of Israel, which he served as prime minister from 1999-2001. Barak, Israel’s most decorated soldier, addressed...

Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relationship

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

JERUSALEM — The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president. Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai...

Hezbollah: Uncertain future, but still dangerous

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 23, 2012

TEL AVIV -- Hezbollah may have hurt Israel with last week’s bus bombing in Bulgaria, but the Lebanese terrorist faction faces an uncertain future as one of its main sponsors -- Syria’s Assad regime -- faces a serious revolt and weakening support from...

President Obama drops by a meeting between National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz of Israel, third from left, in the White House, June 21, 2012.

Mofaz grabs attention in U.S. with hopes of peace talks

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short...

Editorial: Cedes of Change

Published June 6, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has come forward with a bold proposal to “jump start” the all-but-moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process: unilateral Israeli withdrawal from parts of the West Bank (see related news story, p.1).Whether bold...

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during an Independence Party meeting at the Knesset on May 21.

Was Barak’s call for unilateral action with the Palestinians a trial balloon?

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished June 4, 2012

Was Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s recent suggestion that Israel take “unilateral action” to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a hint at a policy under discussion or just an off-the-cuff remark? And how will the response of others —...

Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaking with Richard Stone, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, May 21, 2012.

White House reassures Jewish leaders ahead of Iran talks

JTA REPORTPublished May 22, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials reassured Jewish leaders of their commitment to a tough posture ahead of Iran nuclear talks.Statements from the White House and from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

Panetta announces $70 million for Iron Dome near term

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said it would rush $70 million to Israel in order to enhance its Iron Dome missile defense system, with more money in the pipeline. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday after meeting with his Israeli...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are shown at an arrival ceremony for freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in October 2011.

Bibi and Barak: Bluffing or committed to war?

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — Has Israel’s game of chicken with Iran jumped the shark? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak in recent months have been more explicit than ever about the likelihood of an Israeli strike on Iran to...

Gil Hoffman talks with guests during an informal meeting held by the Jewish Light and Anti-Defamation League.

‘J Post’ analyst discusses Israel politics

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished April 25, 2012

The recent political defeat of Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni could be a “positive development” for a possible new unity government in Israel and for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent...

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