Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak gives a press conference on November 26, 2012 in Tel Aviv to announce he is quitting political life after a decades-long career that also saw him serve as prime minister. Barak, 70, announces he would retire from politics after a new government is formed in the wake of January elections. AFP PHOTO / RONI SCHUTZER
In this handout photo provided by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends a photocall with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Hotel Fort David, on July 16, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. Clinton is in Israel to discuss diplomacy with Iran, Syria and Egypt in addition to peace talks regarding the Middle East.
In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) US Senator Barak Obama, Israeli defence Minister Ehud Barak, and Israeli foreign Minister Zipi Livini before flying over Jerusalem Old City, on July 23, 2008 in Jerusalem, Israel.
In this handout photo provided by the Israeli Defence Force, Defence Minister Ehud Barak (R) speaks with Israeli army chief of staff Benny Gantz ahead of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit at Tel Nof Airbase on October 18, 2011 in central Israel. Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed after being held captive for five years in Gaza by Hamas militants, in a deal which saw Israel releasing more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
Israeli Defence Minister and leader of the new Atzmaut party Ehud Barak attends a special cabinet meeting to confirm the new governmental appointments on January 19, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. Barak and four other members quit the Labor party January 18, to form a new centrist Atzmaut party.