Home Breaking News Ehud Barak to step down as Israeli Defense Minister, retire from politics

Ehud Barak to step down as Israeli Defense Minister, retire from politics

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak waves as he leaves after a news conference in Tel Aviv November 26, 2012 (Reuters / Nir Elias)

Hawkish Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has announced that he will retire from politics after the next election. The news comes as surveys suggested his party was headed for defeat in the upcoming parliamentary polls.

Barak, a former prime minister of Israel, enjoyed a surge in popularity following Operation Pillar of Defense earlier this month. But opinion polls showed that his Independence Party is unlikely to win more than three seats in Israel’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Barak’s faction, which currently holds five seats in the Knesset, splintered from the Labour Party in 2011.

In a surprise press conference on Monday, Barak, 70, said he would not run in the January 22 election. He thanked his supporters and the Israeli government, and pledged to serve the country as an advisor and private citizen next year.

“There are many ways to contribute to the state, politics isn’t the only one,” Barak said.

Read the whole article…

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Must Read

18TH CENTURY FEMINIST COMEDY “LADIES” ON STAGE AT BOSTON COURT THEATRE OF PASADENA

Sometime it’s difficult to assign a genre to a play.  Is it a drama or is it a comedy or is it a little...

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE LAUNCHES A TRIUMPHANT “WALK IN THE WOODS” DRAMA WITH HEART

As the French say:  “plus ce change, plus c’est la meme chose.”  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Especially when it comes to...

LIVE LIFE WITHOUT PAIN

The creation of the first Gravity Defyer shoe was the culmination of years of scientific research and one man’s relentless passion for solving his...

Invisible Tango: A Tale of Two Magicians Who Met for a Reason

By Lisa Lyons Frank Marshall is a renowned and respected producer/director who was awarded the Irving J. Thalberg Award with...

Celebrating Salad With a variety of fruits and veggies available in every color of the rainbow and ingredients packed with protein and...
%d bloggers like this: