The real drive are polls showing that if elections were held today, Labor will receive only 6-7 Knesset seats, half of what it has today. Labor people are trying to save their party and their own careers and, no surprise, they find Barak responsible for the party's decline. They happen to be correct. Barak has no interest in social issues, which is strange for leader of a social-democratic party. He joined the coalition led by capitalist Likud in the name of peace, but there is no peace. The Barak effect has been consistent over the years. In the 1999 elections, Barak became PM, but his party went down from 34 to 26 seats, losing about 1/4 of its power. In the 2009 elections, Labor under Barak went down from 19 to 13 seats (1/3 lost). In the coming elections Labor under Barak is expected to lose 1/2 of its seats. And in the following elections, it will lose 1/1 of the seats and be wiped out. Barak should look at the numbers and not even run for leader.
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