The Labor Party’s quiet leadership race heated up Sunday night when incumbent
Shelly Yacimovich and her allies warned that her opponent, MK Isaac Herzog,
would take the party into the government of Prime Minister Binyamin
Yacimovich kicked off her campaign with a well-attended event
in Tel Aviv that featured singer Koby Oz, stand-up comedian Hadar Levy and
attacks on Herzog.
“This election will decide whether we have a spine or
crawl into every government,” she said. “It will decide whether we will build
the country or be a partner in its privatization. Will we come to the government
only if there will be a diplomatic breakthrough or will we once again come save
Netanyahu?” Yacimovich’s ally MK Miki Rosenthal went further at the event,
warning that he did not want to “wake up and find out we are embracing with
[Shas leader Arye] Deri and [Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor]
Herzog responded that Yacimovich should have talked about how
to bring Labor back to power instead of attacking him with lies about him
wanting to join the government.
He said his polls show that the race is
close and that only he can bring back Labor’s former supporters who voted for
Yesh Atid in the last election.
“This election will decide whether we
will be a niche party or a force that can take over the country,” Herzog said.