22.01.2011 17.Shevat, 5771
Barak's breakaway caught the Labor Party by surprise, left Netanyahu gloating, Kadima indignant and Peres worried – and has apparently made people hate the defense minister both as a person and a politician.
On Monday morning, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Benjamin (Fuad ) Ben-Eliezer was in Umm al-Fahm on a professional tour with the ministry's directors. At about 8:30 A.M. his mobile phone vibrated. It was his deputy, MK Orit Noked.
"Fuad," she said, "I want to tell you something I haven't told my children yet." She told him a new party was forming, and that she might be joining it. Ben-Eliezer listened, but didn't really understand. A few minutes later the phone vibrated again. This time it was Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Now Fuad understood….