Netanyahu: Barak has lost it

Netanyahu mocks Ehud Barak after he compares Netanyahu and his wife to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Elad Benari,

Barak and Netanyahu
Barak and Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday mocked former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who served as Defense Minister in Netanyahu's second government.

Netanyahu was responding to a tweet reportedly published by Barak, in which Barak implied he was making a comparison between Netanyahu and his wife and French King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.

"When the allegations of corruption came, he said: ‘There will be nothing because there was nothing’, and his wife said: ‘If they do not have bread, let them eat cakes.’ It did not help them on Judgment Day," Barak had tweeted and attached and a picture of a famous painting depicting the execution of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

"Okay, it looks like Ehud Barak has lost it," Netanyahu tweeted in response to Barak.

Barak removed the tweet in question within a few minutes, after it angered many users who attacked him for it.

Later on Tuesday evening, Barak tweeted in response to Netanyahu, "A few French paintings caused Netanyahu to lose his balance. If tweets cause this, what will happen in the investigations? In court? And what about running the state? Netanyahu is headed towards the conclusion of his time in office.”

Barak has consistently criticized Netanyahu in recent months. While many believe he is doing this as he prepares to return to politics, Barak has insisted he has no plans to return to politics at this time.

Among other things, the former prime minister recently accused the government of leading towards a reality of one state with an Arab majority.

He previously attacked Netanyahu on Twitter and called him “a deceptive and cowardly Prime Minister”, following reports that Netanyahu rejected a document about a regional peace initiative.

Despite their ongoing spat in recent years, Barak split the Labor party in 2011 and formed the short-lived Independence party so he could continue to serve as Netanyahu's Defense Minister.