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  11/29/2012, Kislev 15, 5773

Barak to be Honored by Panetta


Defense Minister Ehud Barak will receive the United States Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award that can be given by a U.S. Secretary of Defense. Barak will be given the award by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta when he visits the Pentagon on Thursday.

"He's been an important partner of the U.S. for a long time," a U.S. defense official said of Barak, who announced this week that he would not be running in the coming Knesset elections.