I know making comparisons is dirty pool, but Begin, and Shamir, is spite of what some people might say, served their country well. You might disagree with their decisions, but they lived very modest lives. Menachem Begin z"l lived in a rented apartment all his life. He lived on his "salary". Some people still call him a "Fascist", but in fact he was likely one of the greatest "small d" democrats Israel has known. Shamir, who knows, or who cares where he lives and what he is doing, as it should be! Barak, I fear, lacks the above qualities.
U.S. Defense Secretary Carter: Russia escalating Syria war by targeting moderates (Reuters)