THE DEFENSE minister Ehud Barak’s resignation comes as reports swirled he would start a center-left party after the January elections. Instead, he has declared he’s quitting politics, effective upon the elections in the New Year.

From CNN:

[...] Some Israeli political commentators had speculated ahead of the announcement that Barak was planning to quit the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new center-left party.

But Barak told reporters that new faces in leadership roles would benefit Israel.

“I feel it is important that other people should take leading positions in Israel. Changes in the position of power are a good thing. There are many ways to contribute to the society and the country, and not necessarily through politics,” he said.