311_Barak at Labor HQ with double chin.
(photo credit: Ariel Schalit/AP)
Around 300 Labor Youth activists left the party this week to join Kadima,
according to former Labor Youth chairman Maayan Amoudai, who submitted his
membership form at Kadima’s Petah Tikva headquarters on Wednesday.
Party chairman Ehud Barak removed Amoudai from the chairmanship of Labor Youth
after frequent sparring between the two.
Amoudai had fought
unsuccessfully to prevent the party from joining Prime Minister Binyamin
Amoudai revealed that he has been working behind
the scenes for months to persuade Labor members to leave for Kadima. He said he
and his allies had submitted 1,000 membership forms to Kadima this week, more
than half of which were from former Labor members, including the youth
“Labor is not relevant any more,” Amoudai said. “The party had
become a burden on the Center-Left, and it needs help ending its
Kadima, by contrast, has proven its maturity as an alternative to
the current government.”
Among the new members Amoudai brought in who
didn’t come from Labor is Tomer Bohadana, one of the heroes of the Second
Lebanon War. Amoudai’s allies call themselves “Derech” and they intend to act as
a group inside Kadima, pushing an socioeconomic agenda.
reports that they had joined Kadima to act as infrastructure in the party for
Labor MK Amir Peretz, who may later follow them to Kadima. Amoudai himself is
considering running for Knesset with Kadima.
A Labor spokesman responded
by denying that hundreds of young people had left Labor, and by calling Amoudai
“an opportunist joining a party of opportunists.”