Barak: We are in a tough neighborhood

"This is not the Midwest, it's the Mideast...we can't ignore threats here."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 14, 2006 14:31
ehud barak face

ehud barak face298 88 aj. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

We are living in a tough neighborhood. This is not the Midwest, it's the mideast," former prime minister Ehud Barak said Friday in an interview on CNN. Barak said that Hizbullah and Hamas gave the Israeli government no choice but to respond to Lebanese and Palestinian aggression. Barak added that it was impossible to "live normally" in the region if threats were ignored. The former prime minister said that it was "in the government's contract" to protect its citizens from neighboring sovereign [nations]. "No other sovereign nation would have acted any differently," he continued. Many Knesset members have blamed the violence in the North on Barak's decision to withdraw from southern Lebanon six years ago. Nevertheless Barak said that he had no regrets over the move. "I'm proud of it," he said. "It was right to get out of there. We are not going to go back in, but we have a strong enough airforce and special units to do the job if required."

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN