A number of senior Labor
officials cast harsh criticism over party Chairman Ehud Barak's willingness to join a collation that would include Avigdor Lieberman, head of the rightist Yisrael Beiteinu party.
During a Labor faction meeting in Tel Aviv Thursday, Education Minister Yuli Tamir told Barak that Lieberman's anti-Arab campaign
was "immoral," adding that "we are losing votes due to your willingness to sit with him in the same government."
Labor MK Shelly Yacimovich has called on the party to publically declare that it will not join any coalition with Yisrael Beiteinu, and MKs Eitan Cabel, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Ophir Pines-Paz have also criticized Lieberman's anti-Arab remarks.
Barak said recently that "Lieberman is not our cup of tea, and it is unlikely that we will sit with him in the same government," but added that he did not rule out the possibility of Yisrael Beiteinu joining a centrist-leftist coalition in accordance with guidelines set by Labor.