The Labor party headed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak appears to be splitting up. Rebel Labor MKs Eitan Cabel, Ofir Pines, Amir Peretz and Yulia Tamir plan to meet next month to set up an extra parliamentary political group which could form the basis for a future party.
The Labor party and its forerunners had been the dominant Israeli political group for thirty years between 1948-1977 but has been in decline for many years especially since the failed Oslo accords. It currently holds only 13 seats or about 10% of the Knesset. Professor Ephraim Inbar of Bar-Ilan University says the largely secular and Ashkenazy party has failed to keep up with demographic and ideological changes in Israel.