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  • Israeli security personnel and Israeli soldiers detain a wounded Palestinian protester during clashes near Ramallah Oct. 7, 2015.

    Israeli security personnel and Israeli soldiers detain a wounded Palestinian protester during clashes near Ramallah Oct. 7, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said the current government has extremist elements and will destroy all of Israel if not brought down.

The current Israeli government “needs to be brought down” before it destroys Israel, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said late Friday in an interview as he warned that Israel has been "infected by the seeds of fascism."

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According to local liberal newspaper Haaretz, Barak made the comments during an interview with a local TV channel in response to the resignation of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon earlier in the day.

Yaalon's resignation is "the end of a chain that began with the case of the soldier who shot [a wounded Palestinian assailant to death],” the former head of the Israeli government said.

Yaalon resigned Friday citing “extremist elements” in the Israeli government, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appointed Israeli right-wing politician Avigdor Lieberman as his replacement — a man who has previously called for the “beheading of disloyal” Arab citizens of Israel.

For Barak this new alliance between Netanyahu and Lieberman, who has been accused of being a far-right extremist "is exhibiting signs of fascism."

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Using a similar language that the former defense minister used when he announced his resignation, Barak said the Israeli government has been hijacked by “dangerous elements. And it's just the beginning."

He warned that world leaders no longer believe the Israeli government or its politicians. "This government needs to be brought down before it brings all of us down," Barak added. "There are no serious leaders left in the world who believe the Israeli government."

In an attempt to prove his opinion, Barak referred to a controversial legislation seeking to lift the parliamentary immunity of Knesset members who allegedly support terrorism in what many see as a way to target Arab lawmakers who have been critical of the right-wing government.


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