Labor’s Sneh breaks away


Ephraim Sneh, a senior member of Israel’s Labor Party, quit to form a new political movement.

Accusing Labor of being ideologically directionless, Sneh, a retired army brigadier-general and former deputy defense minister, announced Sunday he was leaving to set up a new party called “Strong Israel.”

Sneh, 63, is widely rumored to have fallen out with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who after taking over as Labor chief last year dismissed him from the Defense Ministry.

A qualified medical doctor, Sneh has previously served as Israel’s health minister and transportation minister.

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