The Labor Party took a swing back at Transportation and Road Safety Minister Shaul Mofaz, who last week called party chairman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak a "failure as a prime minister." A senior Labor party member observed, "Mofaz was chief of staff and defense minister in the six years prior to the Second Lebanon War, and holds most of the responsibility for the IDF's lack of preparation in the war. He failed in that he did not clarify the reality to the government on the eve of the war and participated in a large part of the failed decisions in the campaign."
Mofaz had also cast a harsh light on his rival in the Kadima party primary election, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's experience, or lack of it, in security matters, saying that "Barak's criticism of Livni is also justifiable. He realizes that anyone lacking the necessary understanding and experience regarding security issues cannot serve as prime minister."