Labor MK Isaac Herzog called a press conference for Monday morning in which he
is expected to announce that he will challenge opposition leader Shelly
Yacimovich for the leadership of the party.
MKs Eitan Cabel and Erel
Margalit declined to comment on Sunday about whether they will endorse Herzog or
run themselves. But Labor sources said they were not commenting in order to
maintain suspense ahead of Herzog’s press conference, which they are expected to
“We would be happy if they come, but we do not expect it,” a
source close to Herzog said.
The three MKs were expected to meet late on
Sunday to finalize their plans. Histadrut labor federation chief Ofer Eini has
also been involved in efforts to ensure that only one candidate will challenge
Yacimovich formally submitted her candidacy for the November
21 primary on Sunday evening. The deadline for other candidates to join is
Monday evening. Sixty thousand Labor members who joined the party by May 21 have
the right to vote in the race.
“I am proud to run for the leadership of
what is nearly the only democratic party that is left in Israel that has
elections for its head,” Yacimovich said upon submitting the forms necessary to
run. “I intend to make history by winning for the second time in a row.”