December 2012
Stephen Rubin

It should come as no surprise that Israeli Defense Minister and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak threw down a wild card and announced the end of his career in politics.

Although the decision countered a spike in his popularity after Israel’s recent operation against terror infrastructure in Gaza, it is only fitting that Barak, Israel’s most decorated soldier, would succeed at fooling election pundits, the media and the broader public sphere.  After all, this is the man who, throughout his time as a public servant, was viewed as both the savior and a complete failure to the Israeli peace camp, while being a frequent punching bag for both the dovish left and the more hardline right-wing parties.