Daily Israel Report

Barak is Dangerous, Warns Journalist in New Book

A newly published book by journalist Ben Caspit outlines the "dangerous" character of former Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/7/2013, 4:12 AM

Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A newly published book warns that former Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who chose to retire from politics before the last election, is “a dangerous man.”

The book, entitled “Evasive: Ehud Barak, the Real Story”, was written by journalist Ben Caspit, who openly identifies with the left, but explained that he felt it was time to tell the truth about Barak and his dangerous conduct.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva on Thursday, Caspit noted that he had co-authored a book about Barak in the past, but that book, which was written 15 years ago, “was written with other people, underwent hardships and was forged. My criticism of Barak was taken out of the book and it essentially became a part of his election campaign.”

Caspit noted that his first book on Barak was translated, after being forged, into Russian and was distributed free of charge to Russian immigrants, helping Barak to win the election in 1999, in which he defeated Binyamin Netanyahu to become Prime Minister.

"I thought it was time to correct the error and tell the public what I know,” said Caspit, reminding of Barak’s first "retirement" from politics after losing an election to Ariel Sharon in 2001. Several years later, he said, Barak made a comeback and tried to convince the public that he was a new man.

"Most of us, like suckers, bought into his claims and I decided it was time to set the record straight and provide the story in an orderly, accurate and extensive manner,” Caspit told Arutz Sheva.

In addition to dealing with the Harpaz affair which highlighted the tense relations between Barak and former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, the book also talks about Iran, Barak’s relations with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, his election campaign in 1999 and the talks with former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat in 2000, in which Barak offered huge territorial concessions and Arafat refused. "The purpose of this book is to outline the dangerous and challenging character of this man," explained Caspit.

The strained relationship with Ashkenazi was caused by the fact that when Barak returned to politics and became Defense Minister, his ultimate goal was to become Prime Minister, said Caspit.

“Barak was unsuccessful in his attempts to become ‘Mr. Security’ and that title went to Gabi Ashkenazi who, despite having avoided being interviewed by the media during his term, drew all the attention to himself. It drove Barak crazy,” he said.

Caspit acknowledged that the book, which has become a bestseller, leaves its readers with a sense of despondency and depression, but explained, “This is precisely the goal - to explain to the public how things are done around here and how decisions are made.

"The book raises the curtains over what goes on between the Defense Minister's office and the Chief of Staff's office," he added. "It paints a depressing picture, but shows that the largest generator of turmoil was Ehud Barak. If it were not for him, there would have been no Harpaz affair.”

Caspit said, "This is typical of Barak. Everything he ever placed his hands on during his career went up in flames - the State of Israel when he was Prime Minister, the IDF when he was Chief of Staff, the Defense Ministry when he was Defense Minister.

"Barak is a person who is convinced that he is what is good for the State of Israel. He suffers from megalomania, which is sad, because he had all the necessary skills to become a leader,” he added.

In conclusion, noted Caspit, the book was written so that "if he decides to make another comeback, we’ll be ready for him.”