Zehava Gal-On 311.
(photo credit: YouTube screenshot)
The 1,000 members of Meretz’s governing council will choose their new leader
from among MKs Zehava Gal-On and Ilan Gilon and party activist Ori Ophir in the
vote taking place today at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.
Polls will be open
from 4 to 10 p.m. Due to the party’s sophisticated computerized voting system,
results are expected by 11.
Security is expected to be tight at the event
after two men in black came to Gal- On’s campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv on
Monday and, according to her spokeswoman, acted in a bizarre, threatening
Gal-On was accompanied by a bodyguard for two months after she
received a threat to her life in December.
The guard, who left 10 days
ago, will be coming back in response to Monday’s threat.
“The renewal of
threats to her life will not stop her struggle for the character of Israeli
democracy,” Gal-On’s spokeswoman said.
Loyalists of Gilon called the
incident strange and said it sounded like a political stunt by Gal-On’s
Meanwhile, Gilon complained on Monday that Gal-On was refusing
to appear on panels with him at party events and was avoiding debates with him
in the media.
“We went to meet Arafat together and she won’t be with me
on on TV?” Gilon said. “Either she is afraid to go against me or she doesn’t
think I am worthy of being in the same studio.” Both campaigns said they were
cautiously optimistic but not complacent and that they would continue calling
eligible voters until the polls open.
The third candidate, 33- year-old
Ophir of Kibbutz Metzer, east of Hadera, heads a group of young Meretz
activists. The activists pitched a tent outside the fairgrounds on Monday under
the banner “Occupy Meretz.”