Herzog will not endorse any candidate for Labor's 2nd round

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 17, 2011 19:58

MK Isaac Herzog who finished a strong third in the first round in the Labor leadership race Monday, announced on Saturday night that he and his political ally, venture capitalist Erel Margalit, would not endorse any candidate in Wednesdays run-off race between MKs Shelly Yacimovich and Amir Peretz.

"Maintaining unity in the party and preventing a split is our top priority above any personal interest," they said in a joint statement. "That is why we call upon our supporters to vote for Labor's chairman according to their conscience and their personal preference."

Herzog made his decision after groups of his supporters each called upon him to support one candidate or the other. The Labor members from kibbutzim and well-off cities would have objected to him endorsing Peretz, and his supporters from the Arab and Druse sectors would have been angered if he would have backed Yachimovich.

Former MK Amram Mitzna who finished last in Monday's Primaries, will announce whether he will support a candidate in a second round at a political rally in Haifa Saturday night.


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