NOVEMBER 15 2012- “Code Red” early warning rocket alarm system blared throughout Tel Aviv for the first time since the Gulf War in 1991.
On November 26 2012- Ehud Barak announced that he will retire from politics after the next election in January 2013
JERUSALEM – Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a main architect of Israel’s policy toward Iran’s nuclear program, said in a surprise announcement on Monday that he was quitting politics and would not run in the Jan. 22 national election.
“I have decided to retire from political life and not to run for the next Knesset … I will end my term as defense minister once the next government is established, in about three months,” he told a news conference.”I want to dedicate more time to my family. I feel I have exhausted dealing with political life, which has never been a passion of mine, and I feel there is room to allow other people to serve in senior roles in Israel,” he said.
Barak, 70, has been a key player in Israel’s tough policy toward curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and has been Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unofficial envoy to Washington in order to smooth over differences with the Obama White House. However, the two, who enjoyed a close working relationship for most of the past four years, have reportedly fallen out over whether to defer to the U.S. on any attack against Iranian nuclear facilities.
On November 29th 2012- Palestine became a non-member observer state recognized by the U.N.
Approved by an overwhelming vote of 138 to nine, with 41 abstention in the General Assembly.
There are now 2 non-member observer states recognized by the U.N. and they are