Ehud Barak was one of the worst Prime Ministers Israel has ever had, and the absolute worst leader that the Labor Party has ever had. Perhaps he’s going for the trifecta with the Gaza incident.
Barak is Israel’s Defence Minister. He is the Cabinet officer with responsibility for the IDF. The blindingly stupid decision to use commandos to storm the ships bound for Gaza was either made with his consent, in which case he’s an ignoramus, or was made without his consent, in which case he’s ineffective.
No one was surprised that the ship bound for Gaza was coming. This was not an instantaneous crisis; indeed, it was in something close to slow motion by military standards. What’s more, the Prime Minister was out of the country; the Defence Minister was the responsible political actor. And he screwed up, big time.
I have heard that Barak is an extremely intelligent man. One of these days, he might actually demonstrate some of it. In the meantime, he might consider developing his intelligence in private life.