Israel’s former prime minister Ehud Barak has announced he is returning to politics and is forming a new party that will aim to unseat prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections.
Speaking at a Tel Aviv press conference on Wednesday, Mr Barak called for an end to “Netanyahu’s rule with the radicals, racists and corrupt, with the Messianists and his corrupt leadership”.
The 77-year-old Mr Barak, who was once Mr Netanyahu’s army commander, served as military chief and then prime minister from 1999-2000.
Most recently, he served as Mr Netanyahu’s defence minister.
He retired from politics in 2013, but has been an outspoken critic of Mr Netanyahu since.
Israel will hold a second parliamentary election in September after Mr Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition following April’s vote.
- Read Jewish News’ exclusive interview with Ehud Barak from May 2018: ‘Benjamin Netanyahu has lost control’