Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is bringing Israel to the brink of disaster, former Israeli army chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak charged in announcing his own candidacy for prime minister. Shahak, who hopes to head a centrist party, also attacked Labor Party leader Ehud Barak as being disconnected from the Israeli public. His remarks drew immediate criticism, with the Labor Party branding him a political novice and Netanyahu saying his comments “border on incitement.” The centrist candidate said he would not rule out the formation of a Palestinian state and spoke of a possible compromise on returning the Golan Heights to Syria.
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