"The Labor Party is too left-wing and has wearied large sectors in the State of Israel," Labor leadership hopeful Ehud Barak said.
In recent meetings with party activists and members, Barak claimed that the party has lost hundreds of thousands of voters to Kadima and the right-wing parties, due to what he defined as "its leftist discourse."
According to Barak, some 220,000 voters left the party for Kadima in the last elections, 110,000 for the Pensioners Party and another 40,000 for Yisrael Beitenu.
"There are many people in Yisrael Beitenu who are an integral part of the Labor Party. They are just weary of the intense left-wing discourse we have engaged in with elements in the Left, such as Meretz," Barak stated.
"The public cannot relate to this kind of discourse," he added.