The Israeli electorate is quite divisive and Ehud Barak's movements from centre-left to centre-right politically by joining Likud, is indicative of strong influences certain sectors of Israeli society affects the outcome of events. Barak's intelligence and military expertise, did not persuade the uncompromising sentiments of his fellow coalition members. When I watched him on the U.S. Charlie Rose show interviewed, he "hoped" PM Netanyahu would make the necessary steps to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians. But he was outnumbered in the coalition battlefield. Speaking of battlefields, I just received yesterday the DVD from our public library (my initiative in suggesting its purchase) of the 1970s international film " Waterloo " with Rod Stieger. When my father took us as teenagers to see this film, I understood the gravity of what it meant sending soldiers into a battlefield. And honestly, I think DM and former PM Ehud Barak, really understood the best in Israeli history of the consequences in sending Israeli soldiers into the battlefield and into dangerous operations. As a dove, he didn't take human life as light as a feather.
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from the article: The end of an era - Barak bids Defense Ministry goodbye