Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak quits politics
The Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, has announced he will quit politics after the general election next January.
Mr Barak, who was Israel's prime minister between 1999 and 2001, said he would now concentrate on his personal life.
The 70 year old told reporters "I want to study, to write, to live and have a good time".
Kevin Connolly reports.
- From the section Middle East