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Jerusalem - Ex-Israeli Premier Plays Down Relationship With Epstein

Published on: July 11, 2019 01:00 PM
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FILE- Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak arrives to a press conference announcing the establishment of a new political party led by him in Tel Aviv on June 26, 2019. Photo by Flash90 FILE- Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak arrives to a press conference announcing the establishment of a new political party led by him in Tel Aviv on June 26, 2019. Photo by Flash90

Jerusalem - Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak is playing down his ties with Jeffrey Epstein — the U.S. financier jailed on sex-trafficking charges.

Barak’s connection with Epstein has emerged in Israel just days after the 78-year-old former premier announced his political comeback in a bid to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to Israeli media, Barak received over $2 million in grants last decade from the Wexner Foundation when Epstein sat on the group’s board. Netanyahu accuses the media of remaining “silent” about the matter.

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In a radio interview Thursday, Barak said he met Epstein several times, but said he “didn’t support me or pay me.” He said he has met many people over the years, including some involved in “problematic things,” such as Harvey Weinstein.

“I also met Netanyahu,” he quipped.



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 Jul 11, 2019 at 05:26 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

barak is an old dinosaur

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 06:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Vus? So what's the big gadilla about Epstein? Being a Level 3 Sex'Offender and trafficing in underage children and given the lightest possible sentence by Trump Dept of Labor Sec Acosta is not such a big gadilla. Rape? No big gadilla either...

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 08:00 PM Anonymous Says:

That "old dinosaur", as you so disrespectfully referred to him, is the most heavily decorated soldier, in the history of the Israeli Defense Forces.

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 10:36 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

I would like to know about any relationship he might have had with teenage girls.

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