Amram Mitzna 311.
(photo credit: Ron Friedman)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu needs to take steps to initiate a diplomatic
process with the Palestinians despite the agreement between Hamas and Fatah,
Labor leadership candidate Amram Mitzna said on Wednesday night.
Right, Left ready for Knesset comeback
during a meeting with party activists at Labor’s branch in Jerusalem’s Rehavia
Mitzna warned that the diplomatic stalemate would result in
Israel’s relationship with the United States being harmed
Concessions to the Palestinians in the West Bank needed to
be made for Israel’s own good, he said.
“We need to cut organs in order
to survive,” Mitzna said.
“We are losing an important partner in the
United States. A government that doesn’t initiate things isn’t worthy of
Labor activists in the crowd complained to Mitzna about his
eight-year departure from national politics and for his plan to reserve slots on
Labor’s Knesset slate for his preferred candidates. They said they were
concerned that he would run the party too much like former Labor chairman Ehud
Mitzna said drastic changes needed to be made to the party’s
constitution to allow the next Labor chairman to run the party effectively. He
suggested eliminating slots on the list reserved for candidates from regions but
keeping slots reserved for women and young people.
Another Labor leader
candidate, MK Shelly Yacimovich, received a boost on Wednesday when 2002 Israel
Prize laureate in economics Prof. Ariel Rubinstein joined Labor and endorsed
“I don’t agree with all of her views, but I will vote for Shelly,
because she is the clearest voice for social change,” he said. “I will vote for
Shelly because she is the only politician I know who has captured a large camp
of young people with values and energy who are the only hope I see in this