Could former prime minister Ehud Barak return to politics?
Barak has met with several Labor MKs over the past week, Maariv reports Sunday. Among others, Barak has specifically met on several occasions with MK Stav Shafir (Labor), who admitted to the press that she met with Barak over security issues.
Shafir has been seen as a potential representative and advocate for Barak's political return and could be an important ally in the event he makes a comeback.
He could face serious opposition from within Labor, analysts say, as party chairman Yitzhak Herzog has no intention of yielding power in the near future – and is already facing formidable political opponents MK Shelly Yechimovich and Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai for the next primaries, according to some reports.
Barak abruptly left politics in 2013, after holding several high-ranking positions in the military and the government.
Among other roles, Barak served as IDF Chief of General Staff between 1991-1995; served as both Minister of Internal Security and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995-1996; led the Labor party from 1996-2001 and from 2007-2011; served as Prime Minister from 1999-2001; and served as Defense Minister during the governments of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Binyamin Netanyahu from 2007-2013.
Since leaving politics, Barak has reportedly distanced himself significantly from the government and from his inner political circle, according to Maariv.