Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak Says He Will Leave Politics

Former prime minister received accolades for Operation Pillar of Defense.

11/26/2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that he will leave politics after more than half a century, and not run in the upcoming elections.

Barak made the surprise announcement Monday, less than a week after the end of Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, for which he has received accolades for his successful leadership.

Barak said he planned to spend more time with his family.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Getty Images

Barak Orders IDF To Draft Ultra-Orthodox

08/01/2012

 

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis.

The Associated Press reported that Barak has allowed a month for officials to formulate regulations on haredi conscription.

Bulgarian Police Searching For Bombing Accomplice

07/22/2012

An accomplice of the suicide bomber in Bulgaria that killed six on an Israeli tour bus in Burgas reportedly is likely to still be in Bulgaria, possibly with another bomb,.

The accomplice is believed to have been a backup for the suicide bomber, the Novinite.com website reported. Another accomplice was set to shoot the other two if they were captured by or turned themselves in to police, and both reportedly were at the airport during the July 18 attack.

Bulgarian police are continuing their search for the accomplices.

Burgas Bomber A Hezbollah Operative, Says U.S.

07/20/2012

U.S. officials believe the suicide bomber who killed Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, was a member of Hezbollah.

The bomber was “acting under broad guidance” to hit Israeli targets, an unnamed senior American official told The New York Times. Other American officials confirmed that the bomber was a member of Hezbollah, according to the newspaper.

Shin Bet Recommends Razing Homes Of Fogel Killers

05/06/2012

Israel's Shin Bet security service has recommended that the family homes of the two Palestinian cousins who killed five members of the Fogel family be razed.

Government legal advisors must agree to the recommendation to destroy the homes of Hakim and Ajmad Awad of the West Bank town of Awarta, according to Army Radio, because of a 2005 Defense Ministry decision that ended the policy of home demolitions in order to punish Palestinian terrorists. The decision said demolitions were not preventing future attacks.

Religious Exemptions From IDF To Change, Says Netanyahu

04/29/2012

The Tal Law, which enables full-time yeshiva students to be exempted from mandatory army service, will be replaced with "a more egalitarian and just law," Israel's Prime Minister promised activists.

"The division of the burden must be changed. What has been is not what will be," Benjamin Netanyahu told representatives of reservist activists protesting as part of what is called the "suckers' encampment."

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/27/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.

What's Senator Leahy Really Up To?

There’s some confusion about whether a powerful U.S. senator is planning to introduce an amendment to the foreign aid bill to cut off American assistance and equipment to three elite IDF units accused of human rights violations.
 

Washington Reacts To Sinai Terror

The series of coordinated and deadly attacks that killed seven Israelis and wounded at least 40 on the road between Eilat and the Egyptian border brought swift condemnation in Washington, but some used the occasion to send messages to Cairo and to the United Nations.

Terror Attacks On Multiple Targets Near Eilat

Defense minister blames Egypt for weak control of Sinai.

08/18/2011
Staff Writer

UPDATED: 1:00 PM   (White House Statement added)

At least seven Israelis – including one soldier -- were reportedly killed and at least 29 wounded today in five coordinated terrorist attacks in southern Israel.

The attacks included a suicide bombing and gunfire that targeted forces responding to the initial violence. The injured, including five classified as very serious, were taken to Joseftal Hospital in EIlat.

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