After news circulating in Israel this morning that Ehud Barak was joining together with Tzipi Livni - head of the opposition 'Kadima,' it seems the defense minister and one time prime minister has decided to leave politics.
Barak announces he will retire from political life, and will not run in Israel's upcoming elections. The resignation brings to an end a long military career, as one of Israel's most decorated soldiers.
Two years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Mossad intelligence agency to prepare for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that if the government found it necessary the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) could conquer and rule Gaza. He also praised the IDF for the 2008-9 invasion of Gaza.
President Shimon Peres voiced his political views against an Israeli solo attack of Iran's nuclear project, provoking sharp rhetoric from the Prime minister's office staff. The President's position is representational and not a policy making office.
Israel's defense minister has ordered the demolition of eight Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank because the land on which they stand, some of them since at least as far back as the 1800s, is needed for military training exercises.
Yesterday, Ehud Barak appeared on 'The Andrew Marr Show' where he described Iran as the sponsor of terror in the region, and refused to rule out bombing it, if it attempts to go nuclear. If this happens, we could be facing World War III.