Barak forced to cancel credit card after displaying it in ad

Barak and his campaign team went to a falafel stand on Tel Aviv's Ibn Gvirol.

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July 17, 2019 01:37
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Barak forced to cancel credit card after displaying it in ad

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak gestures after delivering a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel June 26, 2019. (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)

An attempt by former prime minister Ehud Barak to poke fun at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resulted in Barak having to cancel his credit card on Tuesday.

Barak and his campaign team went to a falafel stand in Tel Aviv on the corner of King George and Shlomo Hamelech on Monday. His team filmed him paying with his own credit card, mocking Netanyahu for reports that he does not have a credit card of his own.


After the ad was posted to Barak’s Twitter, his followers focused a screen shot on the card and displayed its numbers for the world to see. A spokesman for the multimillionaire politician said he canceled the Visa card but was not particularly troubled by the incident.



“The time has come for Israel to have a prime minister with a credit card,” Barak’s Israel Democratic Party said in an official statement. Despite reports that he does not have a credit card, Netanyahu publicly paid for his coffee at Jerusalem’s Duvshanit coffee shop on Facebook Live last week.

Netanyahu has repeatedly been accused of relying on donations from millionaire friends for large expenses, including asking for them to cover the legal costs of his ongoing corruption cases. Barak tweeted a picture of Netanyahu with millionaire Arnon Milchan under the headline “Netanyahu’s credit card.”

Netanyahu’s spokesman Yonatan Urich responded on Twitter: “If Ehud Barak cannot even protect his account, how can he protect the country?


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