Thursday, May 28
Latest News
  1. Top US negotiator with Iran 'to leave after June 30 deadline'
  2. Ministry: Tunisia arrests 2nd Morocco suspect in Bardo attack
  3. Angolan activist gets six months suspended jail sentence
  4. Spain judge opens terrorism case against Boko Haram
  5. Minister: S.African president cleared in corruption scandal
  6. Etihad profits soar 52 percent on expansion, more passengers
  7. Cyprus holds Lebanese man over possible bomb material
  8. Two Saudi border guards die in Yemen shelling
  9. Catholic Church says withdrawing support for Burundi elections
  10. Libya issues warning after PM escapes assassination
  11. Nebraska becomes 19th US state to halt death penalty
  12. Referendum to ask should Britain 'remain' member of EU
  13. US army says 22 possibly exposed to anthrax at S. Korea base
  14. Minister: Malaysia believes 139 bodies in migrant graves
  15. Chief of Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate pledges no attacks on the West
  16. Syrian soldiers tell of harrowing escape from besieged hospital
  17. Blatter ally AFC opposes FIFA vote delay
  18. Libya issues warning after PM escapes assassination
  19. Coalition raids on rebels in Yemen capital kill 43
  20. EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers

Israel's Barak says quitting politics

Nov. 26, 2012 11:30 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 9:29 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a surprise announcement on Monday that he was quitting politics and would not run in the January 22 national election.

"I have decided to retire from political life and not to run for the next Knesset ... I will end my term as defense minister once the next government is established, in about three months," he told a news conference.

"I want to dedicate more time to my family. I feel I have 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.

Opinion polls had predicted a poor showing for the small party that Barak currently leads, Atzmaut, but recently indicated voter support had strengthened as a result of Israel's eight-day offensive in the Gaza Strip that ended in a ceasefire on Wednesday.

Barak, 70, has been a key player in Israel's tough policy towards curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions and a pointman in Israel's strategic relations with the United States.

He has been defense minister since 2007 and served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015