EHUD BARAK Biography - Military related figures


Biography » military related figures » ehud barak


Name: Ehud Barak                                                                     
Born: 12 February 1942 Mishmar HaSharon,                                             
Ehud Barak (born Ehud Brog on 12 February 1942) is an                               
Israeli politician, former Prime Minister, and current Minister of Defense,         
deputy prime minister and leader of Israel's Labor Party.                           
Barak served as the 10th Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. After           
losing the 2001 election, Barak embarked on a business career. On June 12, 2007,     
he completed a political comeback by winning election to the Labor Party             
leadership. He was appointed as Minister of Defense, replacing outgoing party       
leader Amir Peretz.                                                                 
Ehud Barak was born on February 12, 1942 in kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon in             
Mandatory Palestine. He is the eldest of four sons of Esther (nee Godin) and         
Israel Brog. Ehud hebraized his family name from "Brog" to "Barak" in 1959, as       
he began his military service.                                                       
It was during his military service that he met his future wife, Naava. They had     
three daughters together. Ehud and Naava divorced on August 2003. On 30th July       
2007 Ehud married his childhood sweetheart, Nili Priel, in a small ceremony at       
his private residence.                                                               
As a politician, Barak served as Minister of the Interior (1995) and then as         
Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995-1996). He was elected to the Knesset in 1996,     
where he served as a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.   
In 1996 Barak became the leader of the Labor Party.                                 
Ehud Barak was elected Prime Minister of Israel on May 17, 1999 and completed       
what is nominally a 4 year term on March 7, 2001 after his loss to Ariel Sharon     
in a special prime ministerial election in February 2001.                           
On the 12th of June, 2007, Barak won back the leadership of the Labor Party.         
Ehud Barak is an Honorary Member of The International Raoul Wallenberg