The Likud party criticized rival Labor party over the weekend for drifting toward the extreme Left.
The Likud party issued a statement saying: "The [Labor] list is extreme-leftist and reflects Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich, who voted for Hadash [an Arab-Jewish Communist party]. It is an extreme Left list that vigorously supported the [Gaza] Disengagement that brought Hamas to power in Gaza and is now likely to bring Gaza all the way to Jerusalem and Petach Tikvah's gateway."
Likud reaction team head MK Ofir Akunis also commented on the Labor list, saying, "Clearly we are talking about people who are united by their gallop towards the 1967 borders, dividing Jerusalem and destroying the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria on the one hand; while on the other hand they want a centralized, obsolete and anti-social economy."
The Labor party's public relations department responded by saying, "Likud has not yet recovered from its own embarrassing primaries and its extremist list. Now, due to pressure, it feels it has to attack the winning team."
Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni's new Hatnuah party also issued a statement: "We regret the fact that Labor, led by Yachimovich, abandoned the diplomatic issues and turned more leftist socially. A few hours after receiving the news of Palestinian U.N. recognition and in light of the diplomatic and security challenges we are facing, Livni's movement is the only alternative to [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu."
Political newcomer Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party said, "The political map is bright today leading up to the elections. The Right is definitively Likud-Beytenu, the Left is definitively Labor, and the center of the political map is definitely Yesh Atid."
And Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On said, "The weak reservations that Shelly Yachimovich expressed on settlement expansion show how Labor's eyes continue to wander toward the Right."