facebook
twitter
search
search

Barak says he's retiring from politics

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

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: Ehud Barak
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Texas man killed in apparent alligator attack
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
North Korean biochemical weapons researcher defects to Europe
Four accused in slave-labor trafficking ring on Ohio egg farm