The party's priority should be to make up some kind of consistent and comprehensive vision that tells us what it believes our future should look like. Such a vision should not only focus on security. Barak's claim that he will be the best national leader in times of war is symptomatic for Israeli political thinking. I am not an optimist at all, we are and in the foreseeable future will remain at war and we do need a Prime Minister with military experience, experience that both Ayalon and Barak have, but for once I would like to hear how a would-be PM envisions peace. I do not want a leader whose justification for everything he does and does not do is the perpetual state of war.
The state in which Labor finds itself today and the ways in which its members fight each other are proof of what I have said on more than one occasion: Israel's main problem is not so much the fact that the country's PM has no leadership qualities, but rather the lack of any credible and convincing alternatives who have both vision and the popular support to implement it.