Known by some as a war criminal, known to most of Israel as former Prime Minister and known to Bibi as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, elected new Independence chairman speaks:
“I’m thrilled to be hereâ€¦We seek to form a democratic, Zionist party inspired by the spirit of Ben Gurion and the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence… We’re also choosing our song today â€“ Frank Sinatra’s ‘That’s Life’â€¦With Israeli politics, government and political discourse in need of profound mending, there are many fine people who want to see the country march forward. And they are right. That is what we’re here to doâ€¦”
He also dismissed comparisons drawn between the new party and “Polishuk“; a satire of Israeli politics inspired by the BBC’s “The thick of it” â€“ saying:
“Today’s politics is full of shticks and tricks and spins. We are not Polishukâ€¦We are still small, but we intend on growing. Eight members, each bringing 80 members, who in turn bring 80 members is 20 mandates. We want to be the first party to have 50 women in key positions.”
Shalom Simhon, minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor rejected claims that Independence would be a dictatorship led by Barak, who will not have to face a central committee or primaries. The bylaws for the party also permit the chairman to sign joint government and coalition agreements sans any authorization.