Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak today announced he was retiring from politics after a half-century career in the military and government that included two years as prime minister. Barak’s surprise announcement will shake up Israeli politics just weeks ahead of general elections. Mr. Barak will stay on as defense minister until a new government is formed following the January 22 elections.
“I didn’t make this decision without hesitating, but I made it wholeheartedly,” Barak told reporters in Tel Aviv. “I feel I have exhausted my political activity, which had never been an object of desire for me. There are many ways for me to serve the country, not just through politics,” Barak added. (AP, 26 November).
File photo: Ehud Barak (Weakipedia/AP)