Barak expected to make major political announcement

Defense Minister Ehud Barak was expected to make a major political announcement Monday morning at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. Although Barak gave no hints to his political intentions ahead of the coming elections, many expected him to resign, extrapolated from his invitation to both political and military affairs reporters to the 11 a.m. press conference, as well as its location.
Political rumors ahead of the press conference ranged from speculation that Barak was resigning from political life altogether, to an announcement that he will join the Knesset list being formed by former foreign minister Tzipi Livni.
Yisrael Beytenu, which recently formed a joint Knesset list with Likud, put out a statement Monday morning denying Barak would join the list.