Report: Labor Party members gather signatures to oust Gabbay

Earlier in the day, Labor MK Eitan Cabel called on party chairman Gabbay to consider stepping down from his role as party head.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
January 3, 2019 13:55
1 minute read.
Report: Labor Party members gather signatures to oust Gabbay

Avi Gabbay speaking at AIPAC, March 4, 2018. (photo credit: ZIONIST UNION SPOKESMAN)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Labor Party activists have begun collecting signatures to replace Avi Gabbay following the split within the Zionist Union and Labor's decline in the polls.

Earlier in the day, Labor MK Eitan Cabel called on Gabbay to consider stepping down from his role as party head.

"In the business world, he would have returned the keys a long time ago," Cabel said. "We can't let the Labor Party perish."

Labor released a statement in response attacking Cabel. "His subversiveness is nothing new," the statement said. "Cabel is the king of yes-and-no waffling; one thing and its opposite, and then the opposite of the opposite."

MK Yossi Yona (Labor) defended Cabel's statement, saying: "Cabel was speaking from his heart out of a true concern for the future of his political home."

"Eitan Cabel is one of the most important Knesset members overall, and of Labor in particular," Yona said.

Cabel's comments follow days of strife in the party after Gabbay publicly broke Labor's partnership with Tzipi Livni's Hatnua Party, which together had formed the Zionist Union faction in the Knesset. Livni, sitting next to him, had not been informed in advance of Gabbay's televised announcement.

Since Gabbay’s July 2017 election as Labor leader, Livni would only say that “according to the agreement between us, he is our candidate for prime minister.” When The Jerusalem Post asked her on Tuesday whether she ever truly thought he would be prime minister, Livni politely declined to respond.

But in an Army Radio interview on Wednesday morning, she revealed what she had believed all along.

“Everyone who saw what happened yesterday knows he is not a candidate for prime minister,” she said. “He wants to be that - but he has no particular ideology.”

Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 19, 2019
Could Israel replicate its automotive tech success in smart manufacturing?

By EYTAN HALON

Cookie Settings