Israeli Minister Barak Quits Politics

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak speaks to the media in Tel Aviv, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Barak shook up the Israeli political system Monday with the abrupt announcement that he is quitting politics and will not run in general elections in January. The defense minister made the surprise announcement even after polls showed his breakaway Independence Party gaining momentum after Israel's recent military offensive in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    Oded Balilty / AP Photo

    He’s done. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced his decision to quit politics on Monday, saying that the recent conflict in Gaza delayed a decision he’s been mulling for some time. At a Tel Aviv press conference, Barak said he will remain in his post until a new government is formed following the upcoming January elections. Barak, who said he felt he had “exhausted” his time in politics and wanted to spend more time with his family, reiterated his concerns that Iran remains the single greatest threat to Israel in the region.

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