Labor searching for defense figure to bolster Knesset list

October 6, 2012 18:32

Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich is in talks with several well-known people in defense and other areas, in order to convince them to run for the next Knesset with the party, Labor officials close to Yacimovich said on Friday.

Yacimovich is looking for a top defense figure to bolster its ranks ahead of the expected February election – but pickings are slim, as the mandated cooling-off period has not yet ended for many possible candidates.

Other than MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a former defense minister and brigadier-general who is 76 years old but plans to run for the 19th Knesset, Labor does not have any MKs or announced candidates with serious security credentials.

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