Ben-Eliezer denies he's pushing Ashkenazi to run

June 10, 2013 19:01

Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer denied reports Monday that he is trying to persuade former IDF chief of general staff Gabi Ashkenazi to enter the Labor leadership race.

Ben-Eliezer called Ashkenazi a close friend but said he has not raised joining the race with him because he knows he would turn him down. "Gabi's not going to enter politics until he is cleared of the accusations against him in the Boaz Harpaz affair," Ben-Eliezer said, referring to a high profile probe of a forged document that attempted to influence appointments in the IDF.

Ashkenazi's legally mandated cooling-off period between his military and political career ends in February 2014.

Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich has not set a date for the race, which must be held by March 2014 according to Labor's bylaws.

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