Shaffir calls for Labor leadership race

"Labor needs to be rebuilt so the old style political hackery can be removed so we can become a party with determination that is open to the public and believes in its ability to win."

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May 30, 2019 20:52
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AVI GABBAY (center) and his Labor colleagues celebrate on primary night

AVI GABBAY (center) and his Labor colleagues celebrate on primary night. (photo credit: FLASH90)

 
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Labor MK Stav Shaffir said Thursday that her party needs an immediate race to replace Avi Gabbay, who she said has completed his political path.

She said that this was proven by “yesterday’s events,” referring to his failure to immediately reject an offer to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

“Labor needs to be rebuilt so the old style political hackery can be removed and we can become a party with determination that is open to the public and believes in its ability to win.”

Labor MK Amir Peretz told Kan Radio on Thursday that Labor should have an election in the central committee and cancel primaries.

Asked by Channel 12 how much longer he would remain Labor leader, Gabbay said there would be a primary in a month and declined to say whether he would run.


Former deputy IDF chief of staff Yair Golan told Army Radio that he was considering entering politics.

He has been talked about as a potential Labor leadership candidate, but Blue and White MK Gabi Ashekenazi, a former IDF chief of staff, called on Golan to join his party.

Ashkenazi went on to say that he did believe that recently retired IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot will enter politics.

Another former general, Tal Rousso, said in radio interviews that he has not yet decided about his political future.

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