Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak
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Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak quits politics

26 November 2012 Last updated at 16:26 GMT

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.