In this Monday Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud

 

              In this Monday Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference in the Knesset, Israel
In this Monday Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak shook up the Israeli political system Monday with the abrupt announcement that he is quitting politics and will not run in general elections in January. The defense minister made the surprise announcement even after polls showed his breakaway Independence Party gaining momentum after Israel's recent military offensive in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)