Israel's Labor leader Barak facing internal, external criticism

09:30, January 04, 2011      

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by Adam Gonn

Israeli Minister of Minorities Avishay Braverman, a member of the Labor party, called for a party referendum to be held later in January to decide whether or not the Labor party should remain in the government.

Braverman's remarks were echoed by his fellow ministers Isaac Herzog and Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, social affairs and trade and industry ministers, who both called on the Labor party to reexamine its participation in the government.

The Israeli Labor party that once dominated Israeli politics under the leadership of famed prime ministers such as Yitzhak Rabin and Golda Meir is again dominating the Israeli media. However, this time it's not the kind of news that the party would have hoped for.

Analysts here think the current leader of the party, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, is facing both internal and external criticisms in what some analysts say just the latest sign of the one-time political powerhouse's demise.

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