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“I call on the government to come to its senses, to get back on track immediately,” said Barak. “If it does not do that, it will be incumbent upon all of us — yes, all of us — to get up from our seats, comfortable ones and uncomfortable ones, and bring it down via popular protest and via the ballot box before it’s too late,” he said.
Barak made it clear that he was not comparing Israel to the European fascism of “90 years ago — not 70 years ago.” “But if it looks like budding fascism, walks like budding fascism and quacks like budding fascism, that’s the situation,” he said, to another round of applause.
“What is this agenda?” he asked rhetorically, before launching into a lengthy, numbered answer.
“One, Israel plans to continue controlling the area that was conquered, liberated in 1967 forever.
Two, Israel is not interested in two states, and doesn’t want a Palestinian state right next door.
Three, Israel is waiting for the world to adapt to and accept this reality, and is hoping that tough incidents — like terror attacks in Europe, the situation in Syria, and so on — will divert its attention [from the situation here],” Barak said.
“Four, Israel will agree to autonomy with limited rights for Palestinians, but not a state.
Five, Israel will continue carefully building in the settlements and beyond them in order to gradually create irreversible facts on the ground,” he added.
“In capitals around the world — in London and Washington, in Berlin and Paris, in Moscow and Beijing — no leader believes a word coming out of Netanyahu’s mouth or his government’s,” .