Ehud Barak joins Labor Party's election campaign

Former prime minister Ehud Barak resumed active participation in the Labor Party on Monday in a last minute drive of election campaigning. MK Shalom Simhon, a long-time confidant of Barak, arranged the former prime minister's return to the party through a series of talks with current Party Chairman Amir Peretz. "Shalom [Simhon] wanted to see Barak on the party list, and he did not succeed," said a spokeswoman for Simhon, who suggested that Labor might still arrange for Barak to receive a ministerial post. "There is a chance that Labor will demand the defense portfolio, and then Barak could take it… He is the most suited."