The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

Israel defence minister Barak quits politics to spend more time with family


JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Monday announced that he was quitting political life after a decades-long career that also saw him serve as prime minister.

The 70-year-old made the surprise announcement at a press conference in Tel Aviv, adding that he would retire from politics after a new government is formed in the wake of January elections.

"I have decided to resign from political life and not participate in the upcoming Knesset elections," said Mr Barak.

"I will finish my duties as defence minister with the formation of the next government in three months," he added, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.