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The Israel Police investigations and intelligence branch reportedly is weighing whether to open a full probe into alleged forgeries in the May 23 race for head of the Histadrut Labor Federation.
Channel 2 reported Tuesday that the head of the division, Meni Yitzhaki, and State Prosecutor Shai Nitan ordered the matter to be checked and that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit said the evidence was so serious it required immediate clarification.
Incumbent Histadrut chief Avi Nissenkorn handily won the race, gaining some 63% of the vote in the contest against Zionist Union MK Shelly Yacimovich.
Nevertheless, Yacimovich never accepted the results and instead turned to the courts to question whether the election was legal. In a victory for Nissenkorn, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled Monday that the matter had to be decided in an internal Histadrut court before external courts could become involved.
Yacimovich responded to the Channel 2 report by saying she trusted the police and the offices of Mandelblit and Nitzan to handle the matter.
Nissenkorn’s campaign accused Yacimovich of leaking the report to Channel 2, where she worked before she entered politics, in order to besmirch the Histadrut.
“Yacimovich lost the race by more than 55,000 votes so it is too bad she does not know how to lose with honor,” Nissenkorn’s spokeswoman said. “We trust law enforcement authorities to do their work well.”