Once the dominant force in Israeli politics, the centre left labour party lead by Ehud Barak has received a bloody nose at the polls. It, along with the moderates in Israeli politics, has been drowned out by more nationalist voices as Israel battles with the likes of Hezbollah and Hamas.
Despite the poor performance, its leader — in a post-election speech — has vowed to fight on. Many blame him for an acceleration in the party’s decline, which has steadily fallen. A far cry from the heady days when it formed ruling coalitions with ease. But, with Polls suggesting Barak gained credit for his role during the recent war in Gaza, he could be set to continue as defence minister, with any ruling coalition likely to be made up by Labour.