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, announced he would retire from politics after a new government is formed in the wake of January elections. AFP PHOTO / RONI SCHUTZER
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) greets Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak during an honor cordon arrival ceremony at the Pentagon March 5, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Hagel and Barak were scheduled to meet privately at the Pentagon.
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Vice President Joe Biden (R) embraces Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak (C) during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference at the Washington Convention Center March 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden boldly confirmed the political, historical and military ties between the two countries and emphasized President Barack Obama's support for Israel, which he will visit later this month.
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Vice President Joe Biden (C) welcomes Ehud Barak (L), deputy prime minister and minister of defense of Israel during day 2 of the 49th Munich Security Conference at Hotel Bayerischer Hof on February 2, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Security Conference brings together senior figures from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges and remains the most important independent forum for the exchange of views by international security policy decision-makers.
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In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrive at the Chancellery on December 6, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The German and Israeli governments are meeting today in Berlin for German-Israeli government consultations.
Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak (R) presents Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta with a model of a missile after being presented with the US Medal for Distinguished Public Service at the Pentagon, on November 29, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. Barak announced earlier this week that he was withdrawing from elections to be held in January and leaving political life.
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In this handout image provided by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Defence Minister Ehud Barak gesture and smile as Brig. Gen. Eyal Zamir (not pictured) is appointed the new military secretary, on November 26, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The appointment comes following eight days of conflict with Hamas.