Two Prime Ministers' Egos Battle Over the Syrian Nuclear Reactor Strike

Soon-to-be-published memoirs led to the easing of censorship of Israel's strike; Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak tell conflicting versions of the same story

Anshel Pfeffer
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Then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak, right, in conversation with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in July 2007, a month after the attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor.
Then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak, right, in conversation with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in July 2007, a month after the attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor.Credit: Tess Scheflan
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
The covers of the memoirs of Ehud Barak, left, and Ehud Olmert – “My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace” and “In the First Person” (“Beguf Rishon”).
Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak in 2009. One of these men is seemingly already imagining how he will describe this meeting in his memoir.Credit: Nir Kafri

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