Israeli Transport Minister Miri Regev sent a letter to Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara calling for an investigation to be opened against former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Forum 555 for allegedly inciting a coup d’état.
Regev cited a video clip circulating on social media that “shows without any shadow of a doubt that beginning in March 2020, former officials began concocting a plan for a coup d’état and civil disobedience, with detailed and careful planning.”
“We have been seeing the attempt to implement it in recent days,” she added.
The plan included “falsely presenting a danger to democracy with funding and investments totaling millions of shekels, leading to the point of no return—a civil war—as [Barak] begs them [opponents of judicial reform] to create clashes with the police, saying, ‘The more clashes there are with the police, the more it will grow stronger,'” said Regev.
Public Diplomacy Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan on Friday exposed in a Twitter post what she claimed was Barak‘s plan to bring down the government, describing an interview with Barak from 2020 to Forum 555, a group of retired Israel Air Force pilots and navigators.
The plan, she said, included deliberately inflaming the civilian population, creating a false representation of a danger to democracy, and bankrolling protests, including purchasing flags.
In an address to London-based Chatham House think tank in March, Barak went into further detail regarding how protests could bring down a government.
In a speech in Haifa in June, Barak, a leading voice against the Netanyahu government’s judicial reform program, urged demonstrators to revolt.
Barak in a Twitter post published on Friday claimed that the video interview being shared was incomplete, and said it hadn’t revealed any new information.
Regev in her letter said, “We cannot and we will not ignore these repulsive words, especially since they were said by someone who served in such important positions in the State of Israel, and since there is a tangible concern that his plan will indeed be implemented and endanger the public’s welfare and safety.”
She noted that a former pilot and a founder of Forum 555 told Channel 14 this week that “indeed, the coup d’état has been planned for a number of years, together with Ehud Barak, and it is not connected to any political and/or legislative event.”
Wrote Regev, “We cannot ignore these things at a time when we see the plan concocted years ago becoming reality and chaos reigning in the streets. Therefore, I demand that a criminal investigation against Ehud Barak and members of the 555 organization be immediately opened, and that they be brought to justice for the forbidden acts that they have committed.”
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(Additional reporting provided by JNS Reporter)