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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak Announces Election Run to 'Topple Netanyahu'

06-27-2019
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JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Barak has announced he is returning to politics and is forming a new party that will aim to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections.
  
Speaking at a Tel Aviv press conference Wednesday, Barak called for an end to "Netanyahu's rule with the radicals, racists and corrupt, with the Messianists and his corrupt leadership."
  
The 77-year-old Barak, who was once Netanyahu's army commander, served as military chief and then prime minister from 1999-2000. Most recently, he served as Netanyahu's defense minister. He retired from politics in 2013, but has been an outspoken critic of Netanyahu since.
  
Israel will hold a second parliamentary election in September after Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition following April's vote.

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