The Barak legacy
The lesson to be learned from Barak's term is how important it is to have a moderate defense minister who is aware of the limitations of force and is wary of military adventures or steps to further entrench the occupation in the territories.
The defense minister plays a key role in the Israeli government. He is in charge of the Israel Defense Forces and oversees control of the territories. He has a finger in every pie: in deciding the state budget, in approving operations and sorties, in building the settlements, and in managing the daily lives of the Palestinians. Important aspects of Israel's foreign affairs are conducted from his ministry.