Is Barak's Retirement Goodbye or Au Revoir?

After an eventful political career that culminated in five years as defense minister, he realized it could only go downhill from here. For now.

Politicians are unreliable, by definition, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak is one of the least reliable politicians. His political career is filled with zigzags and backflips, stolen Knesset seats and promises that went unmet. It's no wonder his retirement announcement on Monday raised some skeptical eyebrows and furrowed a few foreheads.