'Barak is the most dangerous man in Israel'

Ex-Meretz chairman: IDF an occupying army, Halutz a war criminal; says she's ashamed to be Israeli.

October 22, 2008 12:34
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'Barak is the most dangerous man in Israel'

shulamit aloni young. (photo credit: Knesset)

"[Defense Minister] Ehud Barak is the most dangerous man in the country," ex-education minister and former Meretz chairman Shulamit Aloni told Army Radio Wednesday. Aloni said she would be pleased if the Palestinians would sue Barak, who she termed a warmonger, in the International Court in The Hague. Former chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. [res.] Dan Halutz, she said, was also worthy of a Hague lawsuit. Halutz, she said, was "a war criminal." On Tuesday, Aloni was interviewed by an Arab paper and in a free-for-all attack on the current Israeli government and military and said that the hands of IDF commanders were "soaked in blood," adding that she was not proud of her country. The IDF, she said, was an "occupying army." She termed Barak's decision to reduce the supply of gas and electricity to Gaza "inhumane and a collective punishment against civilians." "I would like to say openly that Barak is the most dangerous man in the State of Israel. His decision is a crime against humanity, if implemented. Cutting electricity from residents, children, women and hospitals is a crime against humanity. That's the UN's definition." When asked why she viewed Barak as dangerous, the former education minister said, "Because of his personality, because he's looking to start wars, because of his vanity and condescending nature and because he chooses extreme measures." "In my view, if he continues his extreme ways, he will beat [Likud chairman] Binyamin Netanyahu in the coming election. Right now he is more right wing than Netanyahu." A Barak spokesman said in response: "Aloni's words are hallucinatory. There is no doubt that her old age put her youth to shame."

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