Yacimovich seeks to replace PM, or join him

Labor leader calls her party "only alternative" to Netanyahu, "the most capitalist" prime minister.

May 3, 2012 10:52
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Labor head MK Shelly Yacimovich

Labor chairwoman MK Shelly Yacimovich 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich said Thursday that the Israeli public is ready for an alternative to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who she called the "most extreme, violently capitalist prime minister Israel has ever had."

In an interview with Army Radio Thursday, Yacimovich said that, despite Netanyahu's high poll numbers, "Our primary ambition is to change who's in power. Despite the fact that it sounds hard, it's not impossible."

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"Voting in these elections will be ideological, and the public connects with our social-democratic path," she said.

The Knesset is set to vote on a bill to dissolve itself next week, and early elections are likely to take place on September 4.

According to a Dahaf Institute poll sponsored by the Knesset Channel on Wednesday, Labor will be the second-largest faction with 17 seats, coming in behind Likud's 31. 

While touting Labor as "the only alternative to the current leadership," Yacimovich confessed that, even if Netanyahu remains in power, she would not scoff at sitting in a coalition government under certain conditions.

"We will only be part of a government that will make a substantial social economic change," she said, adding that "we won't be benchwarmers, as the party did in the last round" when Ehud Barak led the party.

Meanwhile, political neophyte Yair Lapid submitted an official request to add his new party, Yesh Atid,  to the list of political parties competing in the general elections.

The announcement names the party's 10 founders, including author and poet Ronny Someck and former Olympic judo champion Yoel Razvozov.

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