(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The head of the Labor election committee, former MK Ra’anan Cohen, warned the
five candidates in the September 12 party leadership race on Tuesday that he may
have no choice but to delay the primary.
Cohen complained about the many
appeals issued by the candidates on the party’s membership rolls, whose final
version still hasn’t been published following a controversial membership drive.
He said he could not keep pace with so many appeals.
In a blow to the
candidacy of MK Amir Peretz, the party’s internal court decided Tuesday to expel
823 new Labor members who did not take proper steps to leave Likud before
joining Labor. The 823 members submitted a document with their registration form
saying that by joining Labor, they no longer saw themselves as part of their
But the court ruled that just like people getting married
needed a proper divorce, joining a new party requires properly leaving their old
party. The internal court met at the request of Peretz’s rival, MK Shelly
Yacimovich, and it will convene again soon to decide the fate of more than 4,000
additional former members of other parties whom she also wants
The Peretz campaign released a statement calling the court’s
decision unreasonable and vowing to continue efforts to bring new voices into
the party. Peretz said he would appeal the decision to a higher internal party
court or to a district court.
Yacimovich will meet with Labor members
Wednesday night in Jerusalem’s German Colony. The other four candidates will
speak at an event in Be’er Tuvia. MK Isaac Herzog, who is also a candidate,
complained that Yacimovich should not miss an event where all the other
candidates were speaking.