(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Labor leadership candidate Shelly Yacimovich asked the Tel Aviv District Court
on Friday to disqualify some 5,000 former Likud members who joined Labor in its
controversial recent membership drive.
The Labor Party’s administration
and its internal court permitted them to join the party, provided that they
formally leave Likud. Yacimovich wants them excluded, because they had not left
Likud when they joined Labor, and they broke the law that prohibits being a
member of two parties.
Labor chairmanship candidate Amir Peretz, who
registered most of the ex- Likudniks, accused Yacimovich of trying to scare away
new members who are frustrated with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s economic
“Yacimovich has gone crazy, and she is trying to force Labor
into political suicide,” a spokesman for Peretz said.
to expel new voices from the party and send it back to the 1950s at a time when
former Likud voters are looking for a new socioeconomic alternative.”
Yacimovich campaign responded that the way to restore the public’s faith in the
party was to avoid undemocratic and unclean politics.
will be based on a true membership drive carried out according to the law,” a
Yacimovich spokeswoman said.