Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Thursday strongly denied that his comments the previous day criticizing the current state of the Labor party under the leadership of Defense Minister Ehud Barak were not coordinated ahead of time with Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini. On Wednesday Ben-Eliezer told Labor party activists at a gathering in Tel Aviv that Barak should be replaced as chairman of the Labor party by an outsider who could "save and rehabilitate" the party. On the same day, Eini called Barak "an idiot" for employing an illegal Filipino worker as a housemaid instead of an Israel, say that Barak should serve as a role model to other Israelis and that the Labor party needed "a real leader" at its helm.
Earlier in the day, Barak criticized comments made by Ben-Eliezer and Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog and other party politicians attacking his leadership. "There is freedom of speech and then there is freedom to meddle," said Barak. He added, "Our party members love fights and arguments and less so scheming and political subversion."