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It is now clear to many that Ehud Barak never intended to go along with Binyamin Netanyahu to attack Iran before the US election. Here we are, the moment of truth, a critical point, the crossroads of the big decision, and here is Netanyahu searching left and right, but Ehud is gone. He ran away ("barakh" in Hebrew) again.

Suddenly, it is reported, Barak does not think we must, should or can attack Iran before the US election.

It reminds me of the Tze’elim II disaster, in which five IDF commandos were killed in a training accident in the Negev 20 years ago. There also, Barak – then the army chief – designed and conceived a crazy and unrealistic operation. There also, it caused tremendous harm and fuss, and there also, nothing happened in the end (and there was no chance of it happening in the first place).

This time, after he took Bibi by the hand and gave him a guided tour of all possible districts of panic and pain, Barak left the arena at the last moment, leaving behind a cloud of hot and stale air. Meanwhile, he made a living, for nearly four years, out of Netanyahu’s “Iran-phobia.”

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