Barak also said that terrorists "with blood on their hands" should be released only after a peace agreement is signed. His explanation was not entirely consistent, however. The ex-Prime Minister said that the release of murderers is a "moral issue," and that victims' families could be traumatized by it.
Barak said that he does not rule out a return to politics, implying that he hopes he "will not be drafted." Other excerpts: "Labor needs a leader that will put the country's interests ahead of those of the party, like Rabin and myself... The Road Map is a very bad plan, into which we were dragged because [Ariel Sharon] didn't formulate an Israeli plan that would be acceptable to the world... Sharon won't be able to sign an agreement destroying his life-work [the settlements]... Arafat is isolated not because he's locked up in the Mukata, but because of the agreement he rejected in Camp David [in which Barak offered him 97% of Judea and Samaria, all of Gaza, most of eastern Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount]."