Defense Minister and Labor Party leader Ehud Barak criticized his political rivals on Monday, equating them with hosts of reality television shows, and told his constituents that a military operation in the Gaza Strip was still very much on the agenda.

Speaking at a Labor Party event in Jerusalem on Monday evening, Barak said "anyone who misses the military operations in Gaza mustn't worry, they will come."

Addressing Israel's current restraint in the Gaza Strip, Barak said "we've never had cause to regret wars or a military operation that we didn't undertake from a position of strength and self assurance."