A former head of the Labor Party, Barak decided to forego reseeking the leadership and start his own party.
“Israel finds itself a moment before a complete breakdown of Israeli democracy – a moment before we give up on everything that makes us who and what we are,” Barak said in a statement. “This is a strategic threat no less serious than the Iranian threat.”
He added, “Each of us has a choice between the State of Israel and the State of Netanyahu; between the shattering of Israeli democracy, intentional damage to the rule of law, the courts and the police; between the utter trampling of Israeli government and solidarity – and the Jewish, democratic state that Israel needs, that is right and sustainable.”
Barak expressed an interest in forming a center-left bloc with the Labor and Meretz parties and, especially “his brothers in arms” Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, to defeat Netanyahu in the September election.