Shelly Yacimovich 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Labor leadership contender Shelly Yacimovich promised Wednesday to remain in the
party even if she loses the September 12 primary, and she called upon the other
four candidates in the race to do the same.
Yacimovich spoke at a rally
she hosted at Tel Aviv’s Kibbutz Seminar that attracted a thousand supporters,
including hundreds of young people and most notably, President Shimon Peres’s
granddaughter, Noa Walden, who recently joined the party. Walden read aloud on
stage from Yacimovich’s new book, We, which the candidate launched at the
“Labor has been given a huge window of opportunity paving the
party’s way back to the center of political attention where it can have renewed
influence,” Yacimovich said. “The socioeconomic debate affects all of us from
birth to old age. This debate is here to stay and Labor, under me, will be the
only party that could really serve as an alternative to the right-wing economic
and diplomatic policies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.”
received endorsements at the event from Ra’anana Mayor Nahum Hofree and author
Earlier Wednesday, the secularist organization Hidush
released the findings of a questionnaire filled out by candidates.
only candidate willing to rule out sitting in a government with religious
parties was former chairman Amram Mitzna.
“I wouldn’t rule out a deal
with haredi parties if there is an historic opportunity to reach a peace
agreement or advance a real social democratic agenda that would advance equality
in Israeli society,” Yacimovich wrote in an answer on the questionnaire.