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Barak to Quit Israeli Politics

Ehud Barak the current Defense Minister of Israel announced on Monday his resignation

November 26, 2012 – Ehud Barak the current Defense Minister of Israel announced on Monday his resignation. Barak said he would end his political career in January to enjoy more time with family members.

The announcement of his resignation comes at a time when foreign relations are delicate due to the fragile cease fire that was signed with Hamas, the militant group. A conflict that lasted eight days with Hamas killed 160 people, with the majority being Palestinians residing in Gaza.

Barak is married with three children and said on Monday during a Tel Aviv news conference that he would continue in the role of defense minister for three more months, as January will bring new elections and he said he would not take part in them.

An executive committee member of the PLO, Hanan Ashrawi said she hoped Barak’s resignation signaled Israel’s recognition that their military approach of violence as a way of dealing with Palestinians has been futile.

Some people close to politics in Israel speculated prior to Barak’s announcement that he was planning on quitting the government of Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli Prime Minister to create a new party on the center-left. However, Barak said new faces in Israeli roles of leadership would benefit the country.

Barak said other individuals needed to take positions of power to lead Israel. He said change in positions of power helps the country. Barak also said that in society one could contribute in many different ways not necessarily just through politics.

Under Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister of Israel, Barak served as the defense minister from 2007 to 2009. He then returned as the defense minister under current Prime Minister Netanyahu from 2009 until the present. During the same two administrations, he also took the role as Deputy Prime Minister.

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