(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Labor Party secretary-general Hilik Bar warned MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) on Monday
not to run against the party’s candidate, Ofer Eini, in the May 22 race for
Histadrut Labor Federation chief.
The party decided at a November
convention to back Eini’s reelection even though he is not running under the
Labor banner. Cabel intends to challenge Eini with the backing of Labor leader
Shelly Yacimovich’s nemesis, MK Amir Peretz.
“Labor has democratic
institutions that have the power to take punitive action against anyone who
violates their decisions,” Bar said.
Cabel responded that Labor would be
advanced much more if he wins than if the Histadrut continues to be controlled
by Eini. He noted that in Labor’s deal with Eini, the party only received 12
percent of the union’s posts.
“I don’t intend to make an issue out of
this but if someone wants to play games, I can’t stop them,” Cabel said. “I hope
common sense will win out in the end.”
Cabel already started attacking
Eini, who he said has never been elected to anything in his life and has done
everything possible to prevent him from having any competition.
Aviv District Court ruled late Sunday night that Cabel could seek the
chairmanship of the Histadrut, despite not paying membership dues for the
required period of time.
Peretz had promised in advance of the court
hearing that if Cabel was permitted to run he would drop out. Cabel and Peretz
met on Monday to discuss strategy for defeating Eini.