Labor MKs expressed frustration with party leader Shelly Yacimovich on Monday
for going on her own to Ramallah on Sunday to meet with Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time since she became opposition leader on
Yacimovich only told the MKs in her faction about the meeting
after she left Ramallah, shortly before she put out a press release and
announced the meeting on Facebook.
MKs complained to her privately about
In Monday’s faction meeting, Yacimovich expressed optimism that
peace talks with the Palestinians could be advanced due to American involvement
and the return of the Arab League’s diplomatic initiative. She said she had
problems with the initiative but the fact that it was being discussed was
“There is room for hope,” Yacimovich said.
meeting, MK Ghaleb Majadle said that as someone who speaks to Abbas regularly,
he could have given Yacimovich key advice had she consulted with him. He
revealed that he met with Abbas just two weeks ago.
“I don’t give advice
to those who do not seek my advice,” Majadle said.
MK Erel Margalit
compared Yacimovich’s behavior with the Abbas meeting to how she ran Labor’s
election campaign and coalition talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: By
herself without consulting any members of the faction.
“A meeting with
Abbas is not a personal thing, it’s a party thing,” Margalit said. “We need to
set our positions. It’s good to meet Abbas, but we need to decide what to
advance in such a meeting. To present an alternative, we need to speak
Another Labor lawmaker lamented that Yacimovich had proven to
be a “political soloist” much like former Labor leader Ehud Barak and Justice
Minister Tzipi Livni.
But he noted polls showing that Labor’s support is
“Shelly runs the show herself,” the MK said. “That’s her
style. She works alone. It didn’t work well in the election, but she is working
hard and if we do well she will get all the credit.”
While Yacimovich had
considered holding an expedited Labor leadership race this summer, it is now
only expected to take place next winter.
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