Herzog, Braverman quit gov't, Ben-Eliezer expected to join

Former ministers say will rebuild Labor on its basic ideals; Braverman asks Ben-Eliezer to temporarily lead, fix party constitution.

January 17, 2011 14:27
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Isaac Herzog

Herzog 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

The first of the remaining Labor ministers quit the government Monday, following

Braverman said he believes "everyone in this country understands that Israel needs a strong Labor movement," adding that "a party is the sum of its supporters, not five MKs who leave or eight who stay." "The main problem of Labor is that it didn't stand up for its ideals."

Distinguishing Barak's move from former prime minister Ariel Sharon who left Likud to form Kadima, Braverman noted that "Sharon left Likud to advance peace and start a historic process." He slammed Barak, saying that the defense minister is splitting from Labor "to be a second-rate Likud at best and another Lieberman at worst."

Braverman added that Barak's move came a day before the Labor party's court was expected to rule that an internal vote must be taken to decide whether the party remains in the coalition if no direct peace process is taking place with the Palestinians.

Finally, the Labor MK said that he had asked Ben-Eliezer to temporarily lead the party and fix its constitution, which "Barak ruined."

Former Labor MK Ofir Pines-Paz criticized Barak and the four MKs who joined him in the "Independence" faction.

Addressing Barak's statement in his announcement speech that David Ben-Gurion, Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres had all made similar moves to break away from their parties in the past, Pines-Paz retorted that Barak "cannot compare himself to Ben-Gurion or Sharon." He explained that Ben-Gurion made his move for reasons of historical significance. Barak, he said, is breaking away from Labor because of "personality conflicts" within the party.

Pines-Paz went on to accuse Labor under Barak's leadership of renting out the Left and the party to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government and contributing to the delegitimization of Israel, for not working towards a settlement with the Palestinians.

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