The scandal in the USA of tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, accused of sex trafficking of minors when he was federal prosecutor of the Southern District of Florida, has splashed the former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak, after revealing the Haaretz newspaper his link as business partners, which could condition the alliances of the politician before the upcoming Israeli elections.
Barak, who will attend the general elections on September 17, was head of government between 1999 and 2001, and recently returned to the frontline of a new political party, Democratic Israel.
In his quest for alliances, the last days raised that he could join forces with the Labor Party or the pacifist Meretz to create a common front with the aim of defeating the rightist Likud and ousting from power the current acting prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
However, the digital Times of Israel notes today, the merger of Barak with these formations is less feasible after the revelation of his ties with Epstein, who has been accused in the US. to create a network of sex trafficking to abuse minors for more than a decade.
Barak created a limited company in 2015 with which he invested in an emerging company of which he became one of its main shareholders.
According to Haaretz, a considerable part of the investment, which amounted to millions of dollars, came from the pocket of Epstein, so the financial tycoon of Jewish origin became his partner in the company, of which Barak currently appears as president.
His connections with the multimillionaire have slipped into the Israeli political debate to little more than two months for the celebration of new elections, in which Netanyahu will play his continuity as head of government after failing in his attempts to form Executive after the elections of the past 9 of April.
"Investigate Ehud Barak immediately," Netanyahu said on social networks, to which his rival claimed that all his activities as a "private citizen" in the field of business were "legal", communicated to the authorities and for which he paid the relevant taxes, reported Times of Israel.
Barak, 77, was leader of the Labor Party when he served as prime minister and during the height of his political career. He has also been twice Minister of Defense and previously served as Chief of the Army General Staff.
This past Wednesday he met with the new leader of the Labor Party, Amir Peretz, to look for ways to go together in the elections with a possible unitary center-left bloc.
Barak has also shown interest in allying himself with the veteran Israeli centrist politician Tzipi Livni, who this past February temporarily withdrew from the political frontline.
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