Ehud Barak to return from India on Thursday

Former Prime minister Ehud Barak is set to return to Israel Thursday from a pleasure trip at a Hindu Ashram in India. Barak is expected to announce his candidacy for the Labor Party leadership next week at a press conference, which will purposefully be held in proximity to the anniversary of former prime minister Ariel Sharon's January 4th stroke, in order to emphasize the problem of the lack of leadership in Israel that Barak hopes to solve. A group of 100 Labor activists loyal to Barak have started sending letters urging party activists to register as many new people as possible in Labor's membership drive to support Barak's candidacy.