barak 248 AJ.
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Led Israel in a successful war in the Gaza Strip, after he oversaw the rehabilitation of the IDF under Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.
Barak has an analytical mind and was known in the army for his superior intelligence. He studied at the prestigious Stanford University in California.
With Herzog, Pines, Braverman and Yacimovich, Barak has a top-grade team of politicians backing him.
Experience at the top
Barak has been prime minister before. He knows what the pressures of the job are.
The election is going to be about security issues, not the economy or clean politics. In this sense, Barak can ride the waves of Israel's war on Hamas.
Barak has almost no chance of actually winning as his support base is narrow. While the public is satisfied with his performance as defense minister, it hasn't translated into wanting him as the nation's leader.
He can't get along with anyone, even his campaign stickers admit he is "not friendly." He had problems keeping staff as PM and the man who was the architect of his political comeback, Eldad Yaniv, detests him now.
Because he lives in a nice penthouse in Tel Aviv, he is seen as a hedonist who has a hard time relating to the average Joe, which is a problem when you lead the Labor party.