Quotes by: Ehud Barak

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Ehud Barak
10th Prime Minister of Israel
In office
6 July 1999 – 7 March 2001
President Ezer Weizman
Moshe Katsav
Deputy Yitzhak Mordechai
David Levy
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
Preceded by Benjamin Netanyahu
Succeeded by Ariel Sharon
Minister of Defense
In office
18 June 2007 – 18 March 2013
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
Benjamin Netanyahu
Deputy Matan Vilnai
Preceded by Amir Peretz
Succeeded by Moshe Ya'alon
In office
6 July 1999 – 7 March 2001
Prime Minister Himself
Deputy Efraim Sneh
Preceded by Moshe Arens
Succeeded by Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
22 November 1995 – 18 June 1996
Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Deputy Eli Dayan
Preceded by Shimon Peres
Succeeded by David Levy
Chief of General Staff
In office
1 April 1991 – 1 January 1995
President Chaim Herzog
Ezer Weizman
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
Yitzhak Rabin
Deputy Amnon Lipkin-Shahak
Matan Vilnai
Minister Moshe Arens
Yitzhak Rabin
Preceded by Dan Shomron
Succeeded by Amnon Lipkin-Shahak
Personal details
Born Ehud Brog
(1942-02-12) 12 February 1942 (age 74)
Mishmar HaSharon,
Mandatory Palestine
Political party Labor Party (until 2011)
Independence (from 2011)
Spouse(s) Nava Cohen (divorced)
Nili Priel
Children 3
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Stanford University
Profession Military officer
Awards Medal of Distinguished Service
Tzalash (4)
Legion of Merit
DoD Medal for Distinguished Public Service
Military service
Allegiance  Israel
Service/branch Israeli Defense Forces
Years of service 1959–1995
Rank Lieutenant general
Unit Sayeret Matkal
Commands Chief of General Staff
Deputy Chief of General Staff
Central Command
Military Intelligence Directorate Aman
Sayeret Matkal
Battles/wars Six Day War
Yom Kippur War
Operation Entebbe

I'm such a failed politician that all of my rivals have disappeared, on both sides.
Ehud Barak
The aim of the Palestinian terror is not just to kill Israelis but also to break the will of Israeli society in order to dictate a political solution. Israel should never yield to this terror campaign.
Ehud Barak
The Labor party under my leadership is working to bring the Israeli people together from all nationalities in the spirit of the scroll of independence.
Ehud Barak
When you launch a surgical operation, you must already be well deployed to follow it through with larger forces. That complicates matters: you need to be ready for a full-fledged campaign on the operational level and have the diplomatic backing lined up as well.
Ehud Barak
I don't think that the Iranians, even if they got the bomb, they're going to drop it immediately on some neighbor. They fully understand what might follow. They're radical, but not total mishuginas.
Ehud Barak
They say in the Middle East a pessimist is simply an optimist with experience.
Ehud Barak
The first intifada, I was then commander of Central Command, commanding the West Bank, basically. And I know to what extent the first intifada was a popular uprising.
Ehud Barak
Leadership can change its mind; leadership can open its eye. Leadership can even be replaced.
Ehud Barak
Iran sees India, China, Pakistan and, allegedly, Israel around them with nuclear weapons.
Ehud Barak
There is a perception across the Middle East that America is weakened. I believe the perception is wrong. The United States remains the world's mightiest military, economic and diplomatic power by far, with reach and abilities beyond rival.
Ehud Barak
If I were a Palestinian of the right age, I'd eventually join one of the terrorist organizations.
Ehud Barak
I don't do anything to impress anyone, quite successfully I can tell you.
Ehud Barak
I am confident the Obama administration will work professionally with any Israeli government.
Ehud Barak
As prime minister, I was the Israeli leader who walked the greatest distance in his offers to the Palestinians.
Ehud Barak
Israel fits into the zeitgeist of our era. It is true that there are demographic threats to its existence. That is why a separation from the Palestinians is a compelling imperative.
Ehud Barak
Israel is much more effective when the Israelis are convinced that we are on the moral high ground: that we are acting not just out of might, but also out of right.
Ehud Barak
There is a need to accept a limited disruption of civil liberties in order to penetrate terror.
Ehud Barak
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