Amir Peretz greets supporters311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post))
Labor legislators and leadership candidates Amir Peretz and Isaac Herzog, who
until just a few weeks ago were attacking each other, have found themselves
joining together recently in attacking their fellow candidate, Shelly
Herzog unleashed a fierce attack on Yacimovich in an
interview with Ma’ariv on Monday, warning that if she won the September 12
primary, Labor would self-destruct.
He said Yacimovich did not know how to
work as part of a team and that due to her bitter dispute with Peretz, he and
his loyalists in the faction would leave.
Quoting her own statements
about voting in the past for the non-Zionist Hadash party, Herzog said
Yacimovich had not been asked tough questions about her qualifications for
leading Labor. He also complained about her efforts to expel people who joined
Labor from other parties, which have led to thousands of appeals in the courts
that have threatened to delay the race.
“This situation is unacceptable,”
Herzog said, adding a quote from Isaiah about self-destruction.
parlor meeting in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood, Peretz complained that he
brought people from all over the country back to Labor, and instead of embracing
them, Yacimovich did everything but open investigative agencies against
Peretz noted that Kadima and Likud have appealed to the people who
left their parties for Labor and personally asked them to stay, while Labor was
making them feel unwelcome.
“[Yacimovich] used psychological warfare
against them,” Peretz complained. “Someone decided to make it a
[Yacimovich] said they joined a day before or after. But I intend
to fight for each and every one, not because I need the votes, but because they
trusted me that I would bring them a new political home.”
what he said has been reported as “conventional wisdom,” that if there is a
second round in the Labor race between him and Yacimovich that four candidates
would unite against him.
“How many people can be promised to be a
candidate’s number two in return for an endorsement in a second round?” he
But Peretz expressed optimism that he would obtain the 40 percent
of the vote to win the race in the first round.
committee decided Monday that despite the thousands of appeals on the party’s
membership list, the list will be finalized August 30 and the race will be held
on time on September 12 with a potential second round on September 21.