Vilna'i to run for JNF/KKL chairmanship in Labor election
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 3, 2011 21:15
Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i announced his candidacy on Monday to be
Labor's candidate for the chairmanship of the Jewish National Fund/Keren Kaymet
Le'Israel, saying that he saw the post as a first-rate challenge and a way to
express his Zionism.
Vilna'i, who is close to Labor chairman Ehud Barak,
submitted his candidacy after another Barak ally, Agriculture Minister Shalom
Simhon, decided not to run in Labor.
Sources close to incumbent JNF/KKL
head Efi Stenzler responded by calling Vilna'i a "straw candidate" and expressing
confidence that he could beat any candidate in the race, which is expected to be
held in three weeks.