Labor chairwoman MK Shelly Yacimovich 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The race for leader of the Labor Party technically ended on September 21, when
MK Shelly Yacimovich defeated her former mentor, MK Amir Peretz.
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since then, Peretz has continued to flex his muscles and make life difficult for
Yacimovich. Those efforts will continue Wednesday night when Labor’s 2,100
central committee members gather at Tel Aviv’s Beit Hahayal for a party
The current focus of the fight between the two is over
Yacimovich’s plan for Labor to support the re-election in May of Ofer Eini as
chairman of the Histadrut Labor Federation, a post Peretz once
Peretz wanted Labor to field its own candidate, rather than back
Eini, who is technically a Labor member but was elected representing an
independent faction called Ogen. But Yacimovich is expected to easily pass her
proposal for Labor to back Eini, who played an instrumental role in getting her
elected Labor leader.
“She is apparently paying him back for services
rendered,” a source close to Peretz said. “She said she would do everything
democratically but she is blocking party members from running democratically.
This is a bad sign for the future.”
Peretz’s brother-in-law, Sammy
Shoshan, tried unsuccessfully to get the convention delayed in an internal Labor
Party court. Now Peretz is pushing for the vote on Eini to take place by secret
Labor MK Eitan Cabel intends to run against Eini for the
Histadrut chairmanship as a representative of an outside list unaffiliated with
Labor. Peretz and his allies in the Histadrut are expected to work on his behalf
ahead of the election.
“My candidacy is entirely independent and has
nothing to do with the fight between Amir and Shelly,” Cabel
“Peretz isn’t running me. I’m running on my own.”
convention will be chaired by David Liba’i, who was justice minister in the
government of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.