In reference to “Will Ehud Barak be Labor’s new minister?”, (Jerusalem Post, November 1st, 2006), the public should remind the investigation commissions that are currently examining the summer 2006 Hezbollah debacle with the fact that Barak campaigned for re-election as Prime Minister in February 2001 on a platform in which he was proud of the way in which he conducted a swift, unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon, in a period of 48 hours, on May 21-22, 2000.

The public needs to ask these investigators to examine how Barak’s lightning pullback meant that the Israel Defense Forces left significant intelligence equipment in the hands of the Hizbullah, how Bark’s pullback abandoned Israel’s prime source of intelligence in Southern Lebanon – the South Lebanon Army (SLA) – leaving the SLA at the mercy of the Hezbollah.

The public also needs to ask investigators as to why Barak ignored the warnings of Bark’s own deputy Minister of Defense, Dr. Ephraim Sneh, who warned that any position abandoned by Israel would be used as strategic positions by the Hezbollah to attack northern Israel.

In short, the public needs to ask the government as to whether Ehud Barak deserves a cabinet position for his abandonment of strategic weapons, equipment, allies and positions, only months after Hezbollah indeed used the Israeli equipment and Israeli positions that Barak gave them as launch pads to conduct massive lethal artillery attacks against Israel.


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