facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Barak says he's retiring from politics

Nov. 26, 2012 at 5:46 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, 70, announced Monday he is retiring from political life, saying there are many other ways to "contribute to the state."

"I have exhausted politics and want to dedicate more time to my family," Barak, who has held his post since 2007, said in a nationally broadcast speech from his Tel Aviv headquarters. "There are many ways to contribute to the state, not only through politics,"

Barak, who was prime minister from 1999 to 2001, said he will stay on as defense minister until a new government is formed after national elections Jan. 22, 2013.

He said he had a difficult time making the decision.

"I feel exhausted dealing with political life, which has never been a passion of mine, and I feel there is room to allow other people to serve in senior roles in Israel," he said.

Topics: Ehud Barak
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Man who spent 24 years in prison for arson murder freed
2
Jodi Arias granted delay in death penalty retrial
3
Heather Mack, mother, argued in lobby before suitcase murder
4
Kamala Harris to appeal court ruling against death penalty
5
Malaysia Airlines MH17 victims' bodies arrive in Kuala Lumpur
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback