(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Top Labor activists will try to persuade Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister
Binyamin Ben- Eliezer to take the reins of the Labor Party at a rally for his
supporters that he will host at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum on Wednesday
The activists want to initiate a process of toppling current
chairman Ehud Barak and advancing the next Labor leadership primary, which is
currently set for October 2012.
They hope that Ben-Eliezer, 74, would
agree to serve as temporary party chairman ahead of the race while Barak remains
minister of defense.
“Barak is a malignant tumor on Labor that is killing
the party,” said party activist Dani Cohen, who has been a fierce critic of
Barak for many years.
“Barak will be remembered for running the party
into the toilet.
We must get rid of him before he destroys the party and
put in a temporary chairman who can get the party ready for the
Ben-Eliezer’s spokesman said he was not interested in leading the
party, which he headed from 2001 to 2002. But Cohen said he would keep trying to
convince Ben-Eliezer, saying he “has a historical obligation to rehabilitate the