Daniel Ben Simon 370.
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The three MKs considering running against incumbent Shelly Yacimovich in the
November 21 Labor leadership race must join forces to have a chance to defeat
her, former Labor lawmakers said on Sunday.
Yacimovich won a crucial vote
at Friday’s Labor convention blocking a special membership drive from being held
that could have enabled her opponents to sign up thousands of supporters who
could have helped them beat her.
But she only narrowly won the vote,
indicating that she is vulnerable to a strong challenge.
Herzog, Eitan Cabel and Erel Margalit have denied reports that they are
considering taking a poll to indicate who has the best chance to win. But former
MKs said that if all three run, it would be much harder for any of them to
“I call on Herzog, Cabel and Margalit to form a united
alliance in order to run against the Soviet-style organization that Shelly has
set in the party,” former Labor MK Daniel Ben-Simon said. “I have followed and
written about Labor for many years, but I cannot remember a chairman doing so
many tricks to stay in power. Without a leader with vision, Labor will
remain the third- or fourth-size party and not an alternative to the
Ben-Simon said Herzog had the best chance to beat Yacimovich,
because of his experience and his likable personality.
“He could rally
the party in a time of despair,” Ben-Simon said. “All those who want Labor to
have a bright future should rally around one person. That’s the way to
have a revolution in November.”
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Former Labor MKs Colette Avital and Dani
Avital, who now supports Meretz, said the three potential
candidates against Yacimovich had to decide which had the best chance to beat
her. She said she “had a hunch” Herzog does.
“There is a lot of anger in
the party at the way Shelly is running it, and there is a lot of will to replace
her,” Avital said. “If the challengers are divided, they split their force. To
beat her, they must unite. They need to realize that it’s not a children’s
Herzog said he had received many messages from Labor activists
over the weekend urging him to run. He said he would make a decision next week
following a speaking tour in South Africa.
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