Barak, Ashkenazi surprise with historic handshake

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 17, 2016 06:11

 
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Former prime minister Ehud Barak and former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi put years of enmity behind them Wednesday evening when they shook hands at book launch in Tel Aviv.

Barak praised Ashkenazi at the event for succeeding in implementing the withdrawal from southern Lebanon without casualties in May 2000 when Barak was prime minister and Ashkenazi headed the IDF Northern Command. The withdrawal was the subject of the book, written by Amos Gilboa.

When the handshake took place, the crowd at the event broke out in raucous cheering.

Ashkenazi, who will be speaking at The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York in May, is seen as a potential candidate for prime minister, if he enters politics.

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