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Ehud Barak

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Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak (Hebrew: אֵהוּד בָּרָק) (born February 12th, 1942) was the 10th Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001.

Barak joined the Israel Defense Forces in 1959 and served for 35 years, rising to the position of Chief of the General Staff and the rank of Lieutenant General, the highest in the Israeli military. During his service as a commando, Barak took part in a covert mission (Operation Spring of Youth, Beirut 1973) in which he was disguised as a woman in order to gain access to terrorists. Barak was awarded the "Distinguished Service Medal" and four other citations for courage and operational excellence. He is considered the most decorated soldier in IDF history. Meanwhile, Barak earned his bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1976, and his master's degree in Engineering-Economic Systems in 1978 from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, United States.

In politics, he served as Minister of the Interior (1995) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995-1996). He was elected to the Knesset in 1996, where he served as a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In 1996 Barak became the leader of the Labor Party.

Ehud Barak was elected Prime Minister of Israel on May 17th, 1999 and completed his term on March 7th, 2001 after his loss to Ariel Sharon in a February special election for prime minister.

Barak, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat speak to the press in Norway.
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Barak, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat speak to the press in Norway.

Barak's term as prime minister had several notable events, most of them controversial:

Quotes

The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more. [1] (http://www.socialistviewpoint.org/sept_03/sept_03_18.html)
They [Arabs] are products of a culture in which to tell a lie creates no dissonance. They don't suffer from the problem of telling lies that exists in Judaeo-Christian culture. [2] (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/687950/posts)
If I were a Palestinian of the right age, I'd eventually join one of the terrorist organizations. [3] (http://www.freeman.org/m_online/apr98/labor.htm#Collins1)

See also

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