Zehava Gal-On 311.
(photo credit: YouTube screenshot)
Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On will formally join the race for the leadership of her
party on Wednesday, joining MK Ilan Gilon, who submitted the forms to enter the
race on Monday.
No other candidates are expected to join the contest by
Wednesday’s noon deadline, although it was previously thought that MK Nitzan
Horowitz or former MK Mossy Raz might run.
Horowitz declined to endorse
either candidate in the race, and his associates denied reports that he is
planning to run for mayor of Tel Aviv.
Raz decided to sit out the race
and focus on his current jobs – running the All for Peace radio station and
heading environmental protection and handicapped aid organizations. He
"I think Zehava needs to lead Meretz,” Raz said. “I
would be happy to be her number two in the next Knesset. Ilan is a fit
candidate, but I think it is important now to focus on the struggle for
democracy and Zehava is the best leader for that.”
Gal-On has also
received endorsements from former MKs Avshalom Vilan and Naomi Chazan. Gilon’s
spokeswoman said he has received a variety of endorsements but doesn’t believe
in publicizing them.