Labor rebels rejoin faction as ‘fifth column’
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 7, 2010 20:48
The rebellion in Labor will end with a whimper on Monday when the two remaining rebel MKs, Eitan Cabel and Amir Peretz, call a press conference to announce their return to the Labor faction.
Cabel, Peretz, former MK Ophir Paz-Pines and soon-to-be former MK Yuli Tamir rebelled against their party's decision to join the coalition. But by the time they persuaded MK Daniel Ben-Simon to join them and give them the fifth vote necessary to split the faction, Paz-Pines quit the Knesset and was replaced by loyal Labor MK Einat Wilf.
Tamir would have resigned last month but Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin asked her to stay on in order to defend Israel as an MK on college campuses in the US. She will submit her resignation on May 1 and will be replaced by former minister Ghaleb Majadle.