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Want to decide who the next leader of the Labor Party will be, but you don't
want to join the party? Labor leadership candidate Eitan Cabel said that should
not be a problem.
Cabel wrote Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich this week,
urging her to initiate an open primary in the party in the election that is
expected to be held at the beginning of 2014.
The party’s bylaws require
a primary to be held within 14 months of a loss in a general election. That
would make the deadline for the race to be held in March 2014.
is expected to be challenged by MKs Cabel, Isaac Herzog and Erel
Cabel wrote Yacimovich that the time had come to start
preparing for the race.
According to the proposal, anyone eligible to
vote in an Israeli general election could vote in the primary. Cabel predicted
that if the proposal was adopted, whoever would vote would become connected to
“It is nonsense that thousands of Likudniks would care enough
to come out to vote,” Cabel said. “If they wanted to vote, they could already
join the party. Believe me, there is no conspiracy.”
declined to comment on the proposal.