Ehud Barak, the former prime minister of Israel, has announced that he is returning to politics to try to drive Benjamin Netanyahu out of office.
The 77-year-old former Labour leader has not held the prime minister’s office since 2001 but said he was motivated to defeat the “corrupt and messianic” Netanyahu government.
“The Netanyahu regime must be felled, not saved,” Mr Barak said as he launched a new centre-Left party. “Netanyahu has reached the end.”
Mr Barak’s announcement came at an already chaotic moment in Israeli politics. Mr Netanyahu won an election in April but failed to form a coalition government and instead called an unprecedented second election in September.
This week Mr Netanyahu signaled that he was looking to cancel the second election and try instead to form a unity government with the centrist Blue & White opposition party. However, with no agreement reached it appears the September election will go ahead.