Barak did not give a real reason for why Ashkenazi's term as Chief of Staff should not be extended (by a couple of months), But since this move is very reasonable to the naked eye, it makes sense that this is what will be decided by the government, given that they now have a few more days to think about it. Barak is too devious, and too many times his complicated plots simply fail. This is how he ended up serving the shortest term among all Israeli Prime Ministers. The strange thing is that when he comes up with a plot, he tends to believe that he has the exactly correct solution. But human reactions are a mystery to him, so his multi-staged plans tend to fail after the first or second stage. Of course, Barak will not allow Netanyahu to replace him. He will bring down the coalition if this happened. We have about two more years with this fellow, and after he joins Likud we may have a few more. Ouch.
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from the article: Ehud Barak has to go, now