Likud Snub May Leave Barak Politically Homeless (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 05/01/12)
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Ehud Barak may find himself politically homeless following Vice Prime
Minister Silvan Shalom’s insistence that he has no place in the
Likud. Shalom serves as Vice Prime Minister.
He rejected ideas that the Likud election list for Knesset Members
would reserve a place for Barak, who quit the Labor party last year
and formed his own Independence party, which has drawn negligible
“The Likud is a democratic movement and everyone can run for
election,” meaning there is no need to protect a position for Barak,
Shalom told Voice of Israel government radio Tuesday morning.
Barak has survived in the Knesset by virtue of his position as
Defense Minister and member of the coalition when he led the Labor
party. He remained in the Cabinet after he quit the party.
His only other possibility for a political home is Kadima, which
would see him as a threat to oust newly elected leader Shaul Mofaz
and upset the already splintered party. Polls shows that Kadima will
win only about 13 seats in the next Knesset, less than half of its
Barak is not a stranger to political failure. After retiring as IDF
Chief of Staff, he joined Labor, where he won the leadership and
swept into power against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 1999.
Despite a huge coalition majority, his government collapsed after 18
months, paving the way for the Likud, led by Ariel Sharon, to win a
Barak then quit politics, said he would not return and traveled
around the world as a representative for the military-industrial
complex. He then changed his mind and returned to the Labor party,
sparking a bitter leadership fight with Amir Peretz, whom he defeated.
After Prime Minister Netanyahu began to form the current coalition,
Barak vowed he would not join, but shortly afterwards again changed
his mind and became Defense Minister. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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