It was terribly ridiculous to hear that Barak objected to the recent secret meeting between Israel and Turkey. The unusual friendship with this major Muslim country was conceived by and pursued already by David Ben-Gurion. Israel benefited both finacially and militarily from this alliance. Who would give this up from a small incident like the flotilla? Barak is a serious strategic thinker and planner, so why do such a thing? This only strengthens my suspicion that Barak wants to move to another party (of the Right). Barak has no social interests, so he is a misfit as a Labor leader. Because of this he brought his party very low, and the slide continues according to polls. After the next elections, Labor might only have 6-9 seats with Barak. He knows that, so my suspicion is that he prepares to move to a Right party, at least Kadima, where he wants to continue serving as Defense Minister. Note that Barak did not evecuate illegal settlements, even those ordered removed by the Supreme Court. And more recently he approved university status for the Ariel college in the West Bank. I believe he is preparing his credentials as a right-winger, so he can be a suitable member even of Likud.
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