Yacimovich vows to stay in Labor if she loses

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
August 31, 2011 22:44

 
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Labor leadership contender Shelly Yacimovich promised Wednesday to remain in the party even if she loses the September 12 primary and she called upon the other four candidates in the race to do the same.

Yacimovich spoke at a rally she hosted at Tel Aviv's Kibbutz Seminar that attracted some 1000 supporters, including hundreds of young people and most notably, President Shimon Peres's granddaughter, Noa Walden, who recently joined the party. Walden read aloud on stage from Yacimovich's new book which the candidate launched at the event.

"Labor has been given a huge window of opportunity paving the party's way back to the center of political attention where it can have renewed influence," Yacimovich said. "The socioeconomic debate affects all of us from birth to old age. This debate is here to stay and Labor under me will be the only party that could really serve as an alternative to the right-wing economic and diplomatic policies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu."

Yacimovich received endorsements at the event from Ra'anana mayor Nahum Hofree and author Yoram Kaniuk.

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